Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace has been out of the league for a year, but continues to play basketball… overseas.

According to, the 35-year-old has signed a deal with Italian team Pallacanestro Cantu for the remainder of the season.

“When Daniele (sporting director Daniele Della Fiori) told me about the possibility of signing Metta World Peace, I thought that this could be the right shock to boost the squad at a crucial time in our season,” Cantu President Anna Cremascoli said. “Metta will bring a wave of enthusiasm to the whole of Italian basketball and not just to Cantu.”

He played for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association last year, where he averaged 19 points and six rebounds in 15 games for Sichuan. During his stint in China, he changed his name to “The Panda’s Friend.”

The Italian team hopes World Peace can help them win a title. They lost the 2011 final to Montepaschi Siena, and last won the title in 1981.