Take it with a grain of salt. That’s the message from agent Doug Davis in response to Metta World Peace’s remarks Friday he’s done with the NBA, done with his dream of playing at the Garden and has China or arena football in his future plans. When told World Peace sounded serious, Davis told The Post, “Serious with Metta? You never know.’’ Davis, who is working on World Peace’s options with fellow New York-based agent Marc Cornstein, said he’s hoping the former Ron Artest has the choice to control his fate. The Knicks have targeted World Peace, who has to clear amnesty waivers in order for them to have a shot at him. The 48-hour process began last night at 5 p.m. with 11 under-the-cap teams allowed to make bids. “There’s a number of definitely positive things about New York,’’ Davis said. “Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to assess them [Sunday] after he clears waivers. “It’s a very tense time, this 48-hour period. We want him to be in control of his own destiny.’’ World Peace has told his father he’s leaning toward retirement because he doesn’t want to uproot his family and leave his kids. That leads to the theory the Clippers are higher on his wish list than the Knicks, as USA Today reported Friday. “While it may be good poetry to say he’s coming home [to New York] and it’s full circle, I’m looking at it more from a pragmatic view,’’ Davis said. “What would be the best opportunity, the quality of the team, financial.’’ World Peace stopped by the Lakers practice facility Friday and told reporters: “I don’t really want to play for anybody. I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football.” As for coming home, the Queensbridge product said: “ I wanted to play in New York when I was in my prime and I was a young, fierce, lock-down [defender]. Madison Square Garden, that would have been sick. But right now, China is way more adventurous for me.’’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told The Post the decision to amnesty World Peace was purely financial and not anything to do with his character or talent.
Peace out? Metta may pick retirement over Knicks
New York Post | Jul 14