Feb 8, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
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.
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.