HoopsHype Metta World Peace + Trade rumors

February 12, 2014 Updates

World Peace sees the writing on the wall, and a league source said he’d be open to a trade. World Peace, in damage-control mode, made sure to tweet he wasn’t seeking a trade. The colorful World Peace sarcastically tweeted he plays only when the team is up by a lot of points or down a lot of points. New York Post

February 8, 2014 Updates

Metta World Peace: Life's lesson: everything is not perfect according to your wishes. So just enjoy. Whether i play or not , i am enjoying NYC. Twitter @MettaWorldPeace

Metta World Peace is in Knicks coach Mike Woodson’s doghouse and he’s unsure why. After returning from a blood-spinning procedure on Jan. 24, World Peace has seen little time in the rotation and now is open to getting traded, according to a league source. After spending his career wanting to be traded to the Knicks, the defensive forward, who has been in and out of the rotation since December, wouldn’t mind being traded from the Knicks. “He didn’t sign up for this,’’ one person close to him said. New York Post

Another source said the possibility exists that Woodson was unhappy with World Peace after a recent practice, in which World Peace spoke up about his playing time, making a wisecrack. World Peace is a constant clown in the locker room, but Woodson took exception. Agent Marc Cornstein said he hasn’t gotten a firm reason why World Peace has seen limited time after the Knicks gave the rest of their mid-level exception in signing the Queenbridge product in July. He has been relegated to mostly garbage time since returning from his platelet-rich plasma procedure. World Peace played the final five minutes of garbage time in Friday night’s rout, as the Knicks fell 117-90 to the Nuggets. “I haven’t been given an answer,’’ Cornstein said. “Usually, I’ll get an answer, not always the one I want to hear. But I don’t have an answer for you on this.’’ New York Post

December 21, 2013 Updates

He's not worried about being traded either. "There's nothing to deal with," he said. "What am I dealing with? Getting paid, is all I'm dealing with here. I know some guys take trade rumors a little more personal. What am I dealing with? I work hard. I can still play and I love challenges. "All the teams that called me last year, I wanted something that was going to be an adventure. Something different. China, Knicks and arena football. That was it. What else is an adventure? You know what I'm saying? This is the adventure I'm talking about. Sometimes it's good to be ready for the unpredictable. I'm glad that I can go through unpredictable situations. It's a good thing." USA Today Sports

December 15, 2013 Updates

Q: Would it hurt if you're traded out of New York so quickly? Metta World Peace: Not at all. Whatever happens happens . . . My goal is to win a ring. Wherever that is, whether it's in New York or whether it's in another city, my goal is just to win a second ring. Actually, the reason I came to New York was because I wanted to try to win a ring in New York. That was the only reason to try to win the ring here. That's my goal. My goal has never changed. It was a risky goal. I didn't weigh all my options, any other options I had. I didn't really. Newsday

December 14, 2013 Updates

There have been lots of rumours that Kyle Lowry will soon find a new home. One featured the New York Knicks and had mercurial forward Metta World Peace heading to Canada. His reaction to assorted New York scribes Friday? "The reason I came to New York is because I wanted to try to win a ring in New York. That was the only reason. That's my goal. My goal never changes. It was a risky goal. I didn't weigh all my options. I didn't weigh nothing. It was a challenge. That said, I'm ready for whatever is presented," World Peace said "Whatever team I'm on is never rebuilding. When you get Metta World, you're officially (in) a championship mentality," he said. Toronto Sun

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The Lakers' plan if Dwight stays? Much different. Pau is all but a goner, most likely via amnesty provision to save more than $60 million in luxury-tax payments. The oft-traveled path of trying to trade Pau remains in play if Dwight stays -- though a scenario that brings back some talent and doesn't cause payroll risks for the future is so far unknown. Metta, not Pau, gets to stay for the final season on his Lakers' contract. Earl Clark remains a candidate to return because Pau's power-forward spot would be open (though Metta playing more PF makes sense to me). Sulia

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The Lakers have also had conversations with other teams about small forward Metta World Peace, but the interest is low, according to sources. Initially, it seemed, the Lakers felt like they could use the artist formerly known as Ron Artest to move into the No. 25-30 range, but that no longer appears to be the case. FOXSportsOhio

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