Knicks: Metta World Peace (Feb 24 6:06 ET ) New York waived World Peace and Beno Udrih after buying out their contracts, announcing the moves Monday. Both will be able to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.
Metta World Peace's return to New York to play for the team he supported as a youngster ended Monday as the Knicks announced they had waived the NBA veteran. The Knicks also released seldom-used guard Beno Udrih, and both players will be free to sign with any team once they clear waivers. World Peace -- formerly Ron Artest -- is a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a native of Queens, New York.
Metta World Peace's dream homecoming lasted less than a season, with the New York Knicks waiving the veteran forward and Beno Udrih on Monday after buying out their contracts. World Peace finally got his wish to play for the Knicks when he signed last summer, but he never gained a place in Mike Woodson's rotation and appeared in just 29 games before asking for his release. ''It was a childhood dream of mine to play basketball professionally in New York City, and it has truly been a blessing for that dream to have come true. ''I would like everyone to know that whether I was on the court or off, I could not have been happier playing for and cheering on this amazing city, my city.'' The moves were announced Monday before the Knicks hosted the Dallas Mavericks.
The struggling New York Knicks have waived a pair of veterans in forward Metta World Peace and guard Beno Udrih, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday. "We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York," general manager Steve Mills said in a statement. "We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well." The floundering Knicks have lost eight of their last 10 and their 21-35 record has them 5 1/2 games behind Atlanta and Charlotte for the eighth and last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Udrih averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 assists over 19 minutes in 31 games for the Knicks this season after signing as a free agent last summer.
Forward Glen Davis, who agreed to a buyout with the Orlando Magic on Friday, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers after clearing waivers, the Clippers announced Monday., Davis played the first four seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics under coach Doc Rivers, now the head coach of the Clippers. --- A MRI revealed that Washington Wizards center Nene has a sprained MCL in his left knee that will sideline him for about six weeks, the team announced. ---Forward Metta World Peace reached an agreement to be bought out by the New York Knicks, who then waived World Peace.