Jul 19, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT
Metta World Peace didn’t even make it through his first full season with the Knicks, but with a new regime running things now, apparently the team is willing to consider giving him another shot.
After playing for the Lakers for four seasons, World Peace was waived using the amnesty provision before signing a two-year deal with the Knicks last summer. But a lack of playing time and a lack of production caused New York to agree to a buyout of his contract, and after clearing waivers, he was unable to catch on anywhere else.
The relationships he has from his L.A. days with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher may open the door for a return next season.
The Knicks have discussed whether to extend a training-camp invitation to Metta World Peace on a mostly non-guaranteed deal.
World Peace is eager to reunite with his former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, and his former Los Angeles teammate, coach Derek Fisher, and erase the bitter memory of his original homecoming.
“[World Peace] has the utmost respect for Phil and Derek,’’ his agent, Marc Cornstein, told The Post. “There’s a history there. They know he’s out there.’’
Jackson has shown at least an initial soft spot for his former players who have been on the comeback trail. His first move as Knicks president was to sign Lamar Odom, but Odom reportedly hadn’t kept his end of the bargain, and after failing to do so, was eventually waived.
World Peace would be given a similar chance if the two sides believed it was worthwhile, but the Knicks have a fairly full roster as it is. He would truly need to show that he has something left in order to stick, but it wouldn’t be difficult to see him getting that chance from the new-look Knicks front office.
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