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Metta World Peace waived by Knicks; hopes to land with contender

Feb 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Metta World Peace just got a get out of jail free card.

Better than free — the Knicks are going to pay him to go away. World Peace himself confirmed that he had come to an agreement to be bought out by the Knicks and signed the papers to be waived by them on Monday. Talks along those lines picked up steam after New York was unable to trade World Peace at the deadline.

Once he clears waivers on Wednesday (it’s highly unlikely any team picks him up as he would be owed $1.6 million next season as well) World Peace will become a free agent.

So, where does he land?

Of that group the Heat and Clippers make the most sense to me as both are teams looking for depth and upgrades at the three. The Heat moved Roger Mason Jr. at the trade deadline, which opened up a roster spot.

The question is do those teams really want him?

World Peace doesn’t bring near what he used to on the court. He only got on the court for 29 games in New York (part of that due to injury but he had fallen out of the rotation) and averaged 4.8 points a game on 39.7 percent shooting overall and 31.5 percent from three (where he took a lot of shots). He also just is not the fearsome man defender he once was. He didn’t contribute much to the Knicks, but then again outside Carmelo Anthony who did.

World Peace will land on his feet somewhere by the end of the week, the only question is will it be where he wants it to be.

  1. csbanter - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    The Knicks bringing him in didn’t make basketball sense. The Knicks for whatever reason considering they haven’t won a title in 40 years refuse to develop young players. Unless a team has a role for Metta, meaning quality minutes he’s not worth the trouble anymore.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      He can come back to the Lakers, we’re just not a contender :)

  2. therealhtj - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    He should take some of that amnesty blood money and buy a ticket – the only chance he’s got of getting anywhere near a contender.

  3. bballhistorian - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Everyone wants to play with a contender. The rich get richer…..

  4. ify09 - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    I am a loyal Miami Heat fan and we don’t want Metta World Peace.

  5. cantonbound13 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Buy out Dolan

  6. progress2011 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Heat won’t want him – They have Beasley, who has as many mental issues but is a better scorer.

    They even have Haslem, who is as washed-up as MWP.

    Clippers won’t need him, they just signed Big Baby.

    It was a fun run….Deuces MWP!

  7. voight444 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    San Antonio was mentioned??? Pop wouldn’t touch meta with a 10 foot pole.

    • turkbox420 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      Pop kept Captain Jax in line and they are light at the wing position because of injuries

  8. mitchication - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Why isn’t he considering Indiana?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      LOL!!! Really!? LOL!

    • lowpostfootwork - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      Malice at the Palace!!! Ring a Bell???

      That, and the fact that Indiana has everything it needs. Butler, Turner, Copeland, and Scola have the backup 4 and 5 locked up

      • turkbox420 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:19 AM

        @ lowpostfootwork- This one needs sarcasm explained from the guy Peter Griffin learned it from. “ooohhh he said it`s a beautiful day but it`s raining and not a beautiful day!!! ohhhh”

  9. sdelmonte - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    All we are saying…is give Peace a chance.

  10. mogogo1 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Those 3 point numbers are telling. He’s caught the old man’s disease where he’d rather just stand around and chuck it up rather than work inside. That’s not the sort of help any contender needs.

  11. sdb74 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Pacers are @ the roster max of 15. No chance they would sign Artest anyway as that cancer nearly destroyed the franchise years ago.

  12. wmw3629 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Someone said the Pacers. HELL NO! This jerk-off and the Malice in the Palace have haunted the Pacers for years. One last chance for Reggie to get a ring ruined by this fool.

  13. turkbox420 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    His shot looked jacked from the games I saw. He was getting lit up on D too

  14. spillz121 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    He’s had his knee drained a couple of times already this year…’s a wrap Ron Ron

  15. yuwannano - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    [After being waived by the Knicks, Metta World Peace hoping to land in Miami, San Antonio or OKC]

    LOL! Dream on Ron, dream on…

  16. wfriedrichs - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Perhaps he will land in Houston where he enjoyed success

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