It's no secret that Metta World Peace would like to have a second stint with the New York Knicks now that Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson are running things. With his knee healthy and no other teams looking at World Peace the Knicks are talking about inviting him to training camp.
An invite to training camp doesn't guarantee anything besides an opportunity for a player to show his worth. It's one of those things that really doesn't cost the team anything and can only pay dividends. That's why the idea of the New York Knicks inviting Metta World Peace to training camp is a solid idea.
World Peace knows the triangle offense very well. He's a defensive-minded veteran who can shoot three's. Sounds a bit like Francisco Garcia and Shawn Marion right?
This could be World Peace's redemption tour in New York. Last off-season he was the Knicks prized free agent signing. Unfortunately, the relationship ended with him falling out of favor and then being paid to go home.
World Peace started off last season well. He then needed his knee drained five times and fell out of favor with then head coach Mike Woodson. He was suddenly out of the rotation and soon enough off the roster.
However, when he asked for his release he had no idea that Jackson would end up taking over as President. He had no idea the triangle offense would be coming to New York. He definitely had no idea that Fisher would retire from the NBA as a player and become a first-time head coach.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports the Knicks are thinking about extending World Peace and invite to training camp.
The Knicks have discussed whether to extend a training-camp invitation to Metta World Peace on a mostly non-guaranteed deal.
The Knicks are trying to add another good-sized small forward to the roster. After Carmelo Anthony, only rookie Cleanthony Early is a true small forward. During summer league play, Early is trying to prove he is ready to be Anthony’s backup, but hasn’t shown he can create his own shot.
The World Peace camp has expressed interest to the Knicks. Under the buyout, the Knicks already are paying World Peace $250,000 for next season. If World Peace were invited and made the team, he’d be eligible for the veteran’s minimum, $1.4 million.
World Peace's first stint with the Knicks was suppose to be his swan-song. He was suppose to be a leader, bring the team toughness and being a mentor for Iman Shumpert.
Instead, Woodson wasn't interested in World Peace becoming a leader and didn't like hearing about alternative defensive strategies.
In the end, World Peace's season ended without him on a roster. The Knicks clearly could have used him down the stretch last season. Instead, he was watching games on his television.
Right now the Knicks roster is pretty full. Something has to give. There's too many guards and a trade seems likely.
With or without a roster move, extending an invite to World Peace seems like a no-brainer type move. It can't hurt New York. If he can't cut it he simply won't make the team.
However, if he shows he is ready and in shape to help the team the Knicks could find an inexpensive backup for Carmelo Anthony.
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