It is being reported by ESPNNewYork.com (and via Twitter below) that the New York Knicks are exploring ways to buy out the contracts of both Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. Both players were signed in the offseason to provide a spark, but both have yet to make an impact on the court.
League sources confirmed to ESPN New York that the team is in discussions with World Peace's representatives to work on a buyout or outright release.
The Knicks, league sources said, are also in talks with Beno Udrih's representatives to work on a release or buyout for the veteran point guard.
World Peace, a Queens native, signed with the Knicks over the summer. He inked a two-year deal worth approximately $1.6 million per season with a player option in the second year.
If the Knicks release World Peace, he will be free to join another team but will lose the player option for next season.
Clearly, and with the power of hindsight, the signing of World Peace was ill-advised. World Peace is not the player he once was, as he has been a shell of his former self. He has only averaged 4.7 points and 2 rebounds a game on 39.7 percent shooting this season.
While at the time of the signing, his homecoming to New York was a nice story, but he never fit in with coach Mike Woodson and was only getting sparse minutes lately.
World Peace took to Twitter to thank the fans:
My agent just informed me this release could happen any hr now. I just want to say "Thanks for everything"— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014
His brother, Daniel Artest, well, he had some other things to say:
"Mike Woodson is trash as a coach," Artest said on Twitter. "That's my opinion. The Knicks are a trash organization. That's my opinion too. Melo deserves better. Fact!"
If you want more of Artest's feelings (er, rants), you should check out more of this tweets. Let's just say he did not hide his thoughts about Knicks management.
As for Udrih, the Knicks have been trying to shop him for weeks and after they came up empty at the deadline, they simply wanted to cut their losses.
Udrih, 31, requested a trade from the Knicks in late January, sources said.
The Knicks attempted to trade Udrih before Thursday's deadline but were unsuccessful.
Udrih signed with the Knicks over the summer for the veteran's minimum at $1.27 million. At the time, Udrih hoped to be a part of the Knicks' three-point guard rotation along with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. Udrih filled in as New York's point guard while Felton and Prigioni were out with injuries but hasn't been in the team's rotation on a consistent basis when both point guards were healthy.
Reportedly, and as Begley pointed out in the article, Udrih and Woodson never saw eye to eye. Woodson has been rumored to be disapproving of Udrih’s defense and mental lapses.
With the Knicks trying to get younger, these moves certainly make sense. While these moves are minor in nature, it was a move they likely needed to make, as both players are not part of the present makeup of the team and will certainly not be part of their future plans.
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