Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Landon Buford0
Metta World Peace Joins The Big 3
Allen Iverson Will Return as Coach of 3’s Company
Undefeated Trilogy Keeps 2017 Championship Roster Intact; 3 Headed Monsters Exercise Option, Keep Kwame Brown and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
DeShawn Stevenson, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars and Andre Owens Lead Class of 25 Returning Players Signed to 2018 Season Draft Pool
The Killers 3s have made the first significant movement of the BIG3 offseason with the signing of their new co-captain: Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace. The announcement marks the beginning of eight anticipated co-captain signings, as the league previously announced expanded rosters in 2018 with each team adding co-skipper. Artest, who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace will play below his former moniker, a name with a storied NBA history, including a Championship title, an All-Star nod, and a Defensive Player of the Year Award. He joins Chauncey Billups and former Indiana Pacers teammate Stephen Jackson on the Killer 3s.
Per league rules, Trilogy, the 2017 BIG3 Champions will bring back to their full inaugural season roster intact for 2018. With Captain Kenyon Martin, Co-Captain Al Harrington and Coach Rick Mahorn signed to two-year deals, the squad has re-signed Rashad McCants, James White, and Dion Glover. Trilogy finished 2017 with a perfect 10-0 record and will seek to maintain their championship title when the 2018 BIG3 season tips off next summer. Trilogy will also add one new co-captain to their roster this offseason.
3 Headed Monsters, the 2017 runner-up, had the option to retain two of their original roster players or release them all and fully redraft. Captain Rashard Lewis and Coach Gary Payton opted to retain Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Kwame Brown. They will also append an additional co-captain this offseason.
Additionally, 25 participants from the inaugural BIG3 season have already signed to the 2018 Draft Pool. Among those eligible participants are: Eddie Basden, Kareem Rush, Hakim Warrick, Ivan Johnson, Marcus Banks, Mo Evans, Paul McPherson, Rasual Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Kendall Gill, Moochie Norris, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Al Thornton, Ruben Patterson, David Hawkins, Lee Nailon, Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars, Desmon Farmer, Brian Cook, Eddie Robinson, and Larry Hughes. Each team will fulfill their three remaining roster spots in the 2018 Draft.
The BIG3 earlier announced two-year agreements with 21 Player Captains, Co-captains and Coaches from the inaugural season including 2017 BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis, 2017 BIG3 Champions Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington and coach Rick Mahorn, Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Jermaine O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, Bonzi Wells, George “The Iceman” Gervin, and Rick Barry.
The league has also announced Allen Iverson will return as coach of 3’s Company and Mike Bibby has re-signed as captain of Ghost Ballers.
For more information, please visit www.BIG3.com.