HoopsHype Metta World Peace rumors

March 25, 2014 Updates
March 17, 2014 Updates

Metta World Peace said he was OK coach Mike Woodson denied him a spot in the rotation, but he wasn’t OK when told to tone it down in the locker room and refrain from taking a leadership role. That’s when World Peace realized his Knicks stint was over and left the team, asking for a buyout Feb. 22 in Atlanta. World Peace had played the night before in Orlando but knew that was just temporary. “He had his set rotation and I wasn’t in it,’’ World Peace told The Post by phone from his Beverly Hills home. “I played in Orlando only because [Iman] Shumpert was out. I asked my agent to be professional, respectful, and ask questions, and my agent said, ‘I think it’s best to try to get a buyout and get ready for the next opportunity.’ ” New York Post

World Peace had a player option for next season at $1.6 million and got about $250,000 of that figure in the buyout package, according to a source. “I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,’’ World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.’’ New York Post

March 1, 2014 Updates

Free agent Metta World Peace, according to his brother, has some interest in joining the Pistons, despite being negatively linked with the franchise over the infamous brawl. The Knicks face the Pistons on Monday. New York Post

February 26, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: NEWS: Beno Udrih has been claimed by the Grizzlies. Metta World Peace has cleared waivers, agent Marc Cornstein says. 1st reported by ESPN. Twitter @MikeAScotto

February 24, 2014 Updates

Stefan Bondy: heard zero interest “@sam_amick: Also on the Metta World Peace front, sounds very unlikely that Brooklyn will have interest.” Twitter @NYDNInterNets

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

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