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Knicks to buy out Metta World Peace, who will then become a free agent

Feb 22, 2014, 1:32 PM EST

It’s buyout season in the NBA, and what that largely means is that players who performed well below expectations all season long will now be suddenly coveted by multiple teams due to their minimum contract price.

The Knicks are reportedly in talks to cut ties with Metta World Peace, via ESPN New York, either through buyout or outright release — something confirmed publicly by the player himself.

World Peace was expected to be an addition to New York’s regular rotation when he signed a two-year deal in the offseason, but he’s appeared in only 29 contests, and has averaged 4.8 points in 13.4 minutes per game this season.

The Knicks are also reportedly in similar discussions to part ways with point guard Beno Udrih, who was pressed into action earlier in the year due to others being injured, but was mostly dreadful in his 12 appearances in the starting lineup.

Neither of these moves are motivated by money, but what they will do is open up a roster spot or two for the Knicks to add other free agents in hopes of improving the talent in place.

After a tough double-overtime loss in Orlando on Friday, New York is 21-34 on the season, but still just four and a half games out of the final playoff spot in the East — so even the smallest of upgrades to the end of the bench is worth a shot.

There will be teams interested in World Peace, with the Clippers — who were interested last summer and have taken a look at seemingly everyone — likely at the top of that list.

  1. sellahh - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I have three words for you: real general manager.
    Also, you might wanna add the ‘Knicks’ word to the search if you’re looking for a good laugh. Like Shump + Felton + Amare for Rondo + Bass + Green.
    But. but. but.. but Boston saves salary!!

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    How does that old song go? “If you can make it here (NYC), you can make it anywhere”.
    If you can’t make it on this year’s Knicks, you pretty much suck.

    • sellahh - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Why don’t you go back to cheering for future defensive shutdown player Iman Shumpert and the next incarnation of Ray Allen in Tim Hardaway JR?
      Also, it’s too bad the Knicks let Fields go, he’d have been the next Allan Houston.
      Josh Harrelson? You imagine him with more playing time? That’s the next Dirk right there. Also, why doesn’t Toure Murray get more playing time? He’s Gary Payton lite!!!

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        The eff is your problem? I couldn’t give a rat about that dysfunctional mess that pollutes MSG 41 nights/year. It’s not my fault the owner is an idiot man-child and the front office couldn’t assemble a two-piece jigsaw puzzle, let alone a competitive basketball team.
        I suggest you cut back on the caffeine, making dumb posts, and both.

      • mdobrasz - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        I think you missed the sarcasm, sellah, like by a friggin’ mile

  3. dannymac17 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I could see the Clippers making this move due to lack of defense and the fact they moved 2 spots open.

    • shanelsweet - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Maybe. I can’t recall, though, are you sure MWP didn’t smack around one or more of the Clippers while playing against them? Got to consider team chemistry too. It can’t just be a lot of fans that think he’s a jerk. Must be some players too don’t you think?

  4. jhuck92 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    So much for MWP’s championship predictions with NY

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      He was never known to be delusional.

  5. knightrider1755 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Stick a fork in the Knicks. They’re done.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      They were done when the signed Melo…

      No championships for the Knicks while he’s on their team…

      The Knicks fans should hope MeHog/MeBrick leaves after this season…

  6. 00maltliquor - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I know we got more wings then Wing Stop on the Lakers, but I’d take him back in a heartbeat! Maybe he could be useful to MDA as a backup Center….

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Except for the occasional elbow to the head, World Peace is no contradiction!

  7. asimonetti88 - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Come back to LA! Lakers Nation misses MWP

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      As Cartmahn always says, “I love you guys” from SoCal. Your unconditional love for World Peace is great!

  8. jollyjoker2 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    what a stupid name.

  9. mcjon22 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    I get Chicago isn’t ‘going for it’ this season and Thibs will squeeze 40+ wins out of whatever is on the roster, but this guy would be a great fit with his hustle and stout defense

  10. fnc111 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    They need to buy him some Xanax first.

  11. purplehaze1127 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Metta World Amnesty.

  12. scbaby2013 - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Would love to see him back in LA clips or lakers

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