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Report: Knicks have discussed extending training camp invite to Metta World Peace

Jul 19, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

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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.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

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.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Was a solid player for a while.

    His career is over though.

    With that being said, I hope the Knicks sign him, and give Lamar a 53rd chance and believe the doctor reports next yr and sign Bynum too.

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      They might as well take Smush Parker.

  2. mungman69 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    All we are asking is give Peace a chance.

  3. mp4philly - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Report: I hear the Knicks are taking a serious look at both Samaki Walker and Ron Harper to solidly their roster.

  4. cruzan80 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    It wouldn’t hurt. They currently have one other SF on the roster other than Melo who lead the league in minutes played last season.

    Their trying to implement a system there & only add players who fit that system. Woodson had no system…unless you wanna call “Throw Melo the ball & everyone get outta the way.” a system…Atlanta Hawks fans know what I’m talking about.

    Metta is familiar with Jackson, Fisher & the triangle. He’ll be cheap & the contract won’t be guaranteed…low risk…high reward.

    • muhangis - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      There is no high reward… not with Meta in this stage of his career. Are you crazy? As a Laker fan, I had seen enough of this guy (in his last year.)

      The whole system thing can be taken out of context, you try to add good, quality, productive players first and build a system around them! That’s what a good team does. 95% of teams in the NBA are only as good as their players allow them.

    • muhangis - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      His offense will give you nothing, and his D has checked out. What ‘high reward’?? I only like Meta for who he is.

  5. 88heatnation - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Phil trying to rekindle flames with all his former LA players that are way past their prime and already out the door, see how that worked with Odom.

    • cruzan80 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Did you see how it worked out when he “rekindled” the flames Horrace Grant & Ron Harper in L.A. too?

      • 88heatnation - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        My point is with unproductive, once was, washed up players. (Bynum, Odom, Peace out)

  6. csbanter - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Only in New York, pay a guy to go away and bring him back for ?

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Not just New York, but Cleveland with Mike Brown.

  7. chiadam - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Does Phil’s plan consist of anything other than bringing in Lakers that were good for him six years ago?

  8. deezesoprano - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    LMAO! Why? Phil has me scratching my head with all these washed up laker player invitations lol Leave em in the dumpster

  9. jvw1982 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Phil is trying to take up space on the roster without tying his hands with bad contracts next yr. why not pay guys he worked with that can still give him 15-20 minutes a game

    • cruzan80 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Bingo.

    • muhangis - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      There is so much better young d-league players who are dying for the opportunity, and would do much better with it as far as production! Why not give one of them the chance?

      There are a multitude of guys playing so well that they deserve a shot in the NBA but they are hardly being given a look!

  10. mackcarrington - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    REPORT: Phil Jackson plans on updating his biography in the near future.

  11. deezesoprano - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Probably because they won’t be minutes that benefit the team JV. Metta is hot garbage now….theres plenty of D-league talent and un picked up draft candidates like patric young…..I think he would make more of a difference right now than metta…..Same price better outcome because they have no tough bigs right now. Then lamar odom? i know we seen him on the clippers…..he wouldn’t of even been able to take a physical for my team. He’s beyond trash now

  12. rohlo - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    rockets should invite him..he would start next to howard along with harden and ariza and rumor has it rockets are talking to bledose and interested in rondo and dragic… go to HOUSTON ron!!!! you have been there already and its a team built to win now! otherwise why waste your time with the knicks! they arent going anywhere this year!

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