April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) controls the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Metta World Peace To Retire?


 

According to Adam Zagoria, Metta World Peace will choose to retire if the Los Angeles Lakers decide to amnesty him.

That’s what his father, Ron Artest Sr., told SNY.tv Tuesday evening, shortly after speaking with his son.

“You know what he told me?” his father said by phone. “He told me, if the Lakers amnesty him he’s going to retire.”

Kevin Ding, of the Orange County Register, reported yesterday that the Lakers are planning to amnesty World Peace, barring any sudden changes. World Peace is owed $7.7 million next season.

Kobe, then, went on to drop his two cents on twitter last night.

ESPN’s Marc Spears reported minutes ago that the Knicks would be interested in World Peace, if he became available. But according to Zagoria, it wouldn’t even matter.

Artest Sr. insists his son will hang it up if amnestied by the Lakers.

“That’s what he say,” he said. “If they give me amnesty I’m not going to play again. I’m going to retire.”

“Ever since he was in high school and at St. John’s he wanted to play for the Knicks but the Knicks never went after him for some reason,” his father said.

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