World Peace to become 'Pandas Friend'?

Metta World Peace no more?

The 15-year NBA veteran formerly known as Ron Artest said he is considering changing his name yet again. World Peace, who signed a one-year deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, now plans to go by "The Pandas Friend."

Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in September 2011. It's unknown whether the new change will be legally binding.

The 34-year-old small forward expressed his interest in another alias and the cuddly bear native to south-central China in the days leading to the report.

World Peace has been known to make bold, wild proclamations on Twitter in the past. Let's see if this one sticks.