HoopsHype Metta World Peace rumors

February 24, 2014 Updates
February 23, 2014 Updates

The Knicks will have two open spots when Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih’s buyouts become official Monday. Diogu is in the D-League with Bakersfield, averaging 16.2 points and 8.2 rebounds. He showed rebounding ability and a mid-range jumper for the Knicks during the preseason. New York Post

Carmelo Anthony was caught off guard, especially since World Peace had played more than seven minutes in Friday’s double-overtime loss in Orlando. “It’s sad to see them go, but this is the business of basketball ... it happened, and we’ve got to move on,” he said. “The buyouts kind of surprised me because [Friday] Metta seemed like he was in a good place. He was happy, he played . . . he was a different Metta.” Amar’e Stoudemire said, “I’m going to miss those guys. They want to play, they want to compete, they want to contend.” ESPN.com

February 22, 2014 Updates

Metta World Peace: Thank NYC for everything. Thanks for having me I will always be grateful... My agent is working on a buyout. No disrespect to the city Luv U My agent just informed me this release could happen any hr now. I just want to say "Thanks for everything" Twitter

February 20, 2014 Updates
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 9, 2014 Updates
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

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