Sitting at 4-3 in the steep Western Conference and with coach Doc Rivers openly questioning their toughness, the Los Angeles Clippers are rumored to have interest in rugged veteran forward Metta World Peace.

Fansided.com reports that Daniel Artest recently tweeted “Clippers are interested in my brother. That is all.”

Currently, World Peace is playing in China and for the Clippers to sign him would mean committing to a deal for at least the rest of the season. Certainly, Rivers might be open to such a move given the way he recently ripped his team for its “soft” play.

Following the Clippers’ recent 121-104 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors in which they only committed a handful of fouls, Rivers raged “we’ve got to rebound better, clearly. Blake Griffin has to rebound better. What we lacked was heart. I don’t mind being tired, and we can use that as an excuse, but listen, I just know me. If I’m tired and getting my butt kicked, I’m going to leave the game with no fouls left. That, to me, was just weak on our part. Right now, this is not the same group from last year. And it’s the same group. So, we have to figure that out.”

A 15-year NBA veteran, World Peace has played for six different teams and is known as a relentless competitor and top-flight defender. He won an NBA title with Kobe Bryant and under Phil Jackson with the Lakers in 2010.

World Peace’s best season came with the Pacers in 2004-05, when he averaged 24.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Over his career, he’s averaged 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Then known as Ron Atrest, World Peace was also at the center of the 2004 brawl between the Pacers and the Pistons that spilled over into the stands and came to involve several fans.

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