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Report: Metta World Peace open to being traded by Knicks

Feb 8, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Metta World Peace hasn’t exactly been a factor for the Knicks this season, and has spent most of the year either underperforming, injured, or just plain benched.

Without any consistent playing time, and with delusions that he can perhaps still play significant minutes while actually helping a team’s cause rather than hurting it, it’s not surprising that he may be open to a trade that would allow him to have that opportunity somewhere else.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Metta World Peace is in Knicks coach Mike Woodson’s doghouse and he’s unsure why. After returning from a blood-spinning procedure on Jan. 24, World Peace has seen little time in the rotation and now is open to getting traded, according to a league source. …

“He didn’t sign up for this,’’ one person close to him said.

When asked about whether he wanted to get dealt at the Feb. 20 deadline, World Peace said: “That’s up to my agent. I don’t worry about it. I’m optimistic about my future. … I’m not going to complain.’’

A couple of other interesting tidbits are included in the report, including Metta’s agent saying he hasn’t been given a reason for the lack of playing time, along with a note about a possible incident with head coach Mike Woodson at a recent practice.

World Peace played less than six garbage time minutes late in Friday’s blowout win over the Nuggets, yet registered three turnovers. (One of those came on a bizarre steal attempt from Quincy Miller on the game’s final play as World Peace was dribbling out the clock — but still). After the game, he tweeted out highlights from an early November performance, pointing to that as proof that he “hasn’t lost it.”

The Knicks would love to get anything in return for a player who they feel doesn’t fit their plans, or simply can’t contribute. It’s nice that World Peace is open to being dealt, but it’s really a meaningless sentiment, because New York would love to trade him regardless — there just won’t be any takers.

  1. casualcommenter - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Unless the Knicks plan on firing Mike Woodson and hiring a coach who might play Metta minutes, it makes sense for both sides for there to be a trade.

    Metta wants to play, and Woodson doesn’t want to play him.
    The Knicks desperately need assets for the future. Even just a second round pick for Metta would be a decent return since, again, he’s not contributing at all for them now, and at age 34, he’s not going to get any better with more time.

    • bbk1000 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      I can’t imagine anybody giving anything for him….he should have followed his first instinct and signed in China.

  2. sportsnut101 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    i didnt know he was on team

    trade him then

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Why do you call yourself a sports nut if you don’t even know this?

      It’s obvious you’re not a sports nut…

      Well, maybe I stand corrected as you did state 101.

      Maybe when you become sportsnut201, or 301 you’ll learn this stuff.

  3. lakerade - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    MWP for Kaman.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      The Knicks and Lakers are averse to logic. This would never happen.

      Even though D’Antoni hates Kaman and plays him when he’s desperate for bodies like Kaman’s a scrub. D’Antoni’s a joke.

  4. vikesdynasty - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Honestly didn’t even know he was on Knicks.

  5. kamauthabiti - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    hasn’t been effective for the past three years, or since he became MWP. shoots far too much and at the wrong times, and doesn’t rebound or play defense.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      he has good strong old guy defense. does take crazy shots though

  6. sportsfan18 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    But for Metta, it was all about being in NYC, not necessarily the Knicks.

    He’s older (for a basketball player), he’s rich and he’s in NYC which is where he wanted to be.

    So many Knicks fans were praising that the team got MWP and even Barg’s this past summer on these boards…


  7. doclolly - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Whats he complaining about all that time on the bench he can write another childrens book

    • ranfan12 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:08 AM

      @Ayooo_BP: @MettaWorldPeace you deserve more playing time.” Only starving people deserve to eat. Coach is not obligated to play me.

      Metta World Peace ‏@MettaWorldPeace 14h

      For the record, im happy with every second i get. whethers its .8 or 35 mins.

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Didn’t he make a big deal about going there when he signed?
    Let him rot, it’s not like he’s worth a poop any more.

  9. reastnt - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    I’m also open to being traded. Is this a news item?

  10. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Seriously, whomever got him in the first place should have his head examined simply because NOW they see that he doesn’t fit? Perfect example of what.a train wreck the Knicks are.

    What a waist.

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:26 AM


      Freakin’ spell check!

      • stayhigh_247 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        spiel cheek iz a wist uf tyme apparantly, nowadays

  11. campcouch - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    blame the GM. he made all of these moves. wasting money on attractions instead of quality players. the team has no philosophy whatsoever. Woodson always looks shell shocked which leads me to believe that J Kidd was actually the coach last year. they should trade Melo to Phoenix for 2 picks and move on.

  12. conjecture101 - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Peace may be washed up, but he’s still a better option than half of their rotation players. For the people saying nobody wants him, you’re completely wrong, yet you’re ignorance doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

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