Two players that have not contributed much in recent weeks are reportedly out on their own after the New York Knicks decided to release Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.
Al Iannazzone of Newsday first reported the transaction:
I am hearing the Metta and Beno buyouts are agreed upon. Not sure when they will be official or announced.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) February 22, 2014
Woodson acknowledged Metta and Beno are being bought out.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) February 22, 2014
World Peace took to Twitter to announce that the move would be happening and send a message to the team and its fans:
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— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014
My agent just informed me this release could happen any hr now. I just want to say "Thanks for everything"— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014
Udrih also took to Twitter to thank the Knicks for his time with the organization:
I genuinely & whole heartedly want to thank the Knicks for my experience here.— Beno Udrih (@BenoUdrih1) February 23, 2014
The Knicks confirmed the buyouts on Monday, via their Twitter account:
Feb. 4 - President & GM Steve Mills announced that the team has waived Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 24, 2014
The 34-year-old veteran signed as a free agent this past summer, but he has struggled to get onto the court and is only averaging 13.4 minutes in 29 games this year. His average of 4.8 points per game would be the lowest of his 15-year career.
Things have been even worse lately as he has only entered in six games since the start of January, totaling only 13 points in that stretch.
Meanwhile, Udrih has not appeared in a game since Jan. 24 when he scored three points in a win against the Charlotte Bobcats. This came shortly after the point guard requested a trade, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Begley also notes that Udrih angered people earlier in the season when he explained:
I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it's not the right thing in some people's eyes. It's just tough. It's easy to point fingers when the team loses. But it comes down to, we are a team, we lose together. No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn't, it's still a team loss. So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out or something. We've just got to go out there and fix it and watch video and fix it as a team.
Udrih is averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 assists in limited minutes this season, but he has made 42.5 percent of his shots from behind the arc. With his shooting ability and experience, it will likely not take long for him to find another job.
Of course, this continues a negative trend for the Knicks after a poor summer worth of moves, as noted by Bleacher Report's Howard Beck:
Knicks acquisitions last summer: Aldrich, Bargnani, Murry, Udrih, World Peace, Chris Smith. They will have waived 3 of the 6.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 22, 2014
With a 21-34 record and time running out to make the playoffs, this is just another issue in a disappointing year for New York.
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