After signing a two-year, $3.3 million deal last summer, the New York Knicks and forward Metta World Peace have agreed to part ways. Through 29 games, World Peace was averaging a career-low 13.4 minutes per game with New York, leading to career-lows in points and rebounds—4.8 and 2.0 respectively.
Despite this, the Queens native, formerly known as Ron Artest, was thankful for the opportunity to live out his dream of putting on a Knicks jersey.
"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," said World Peace. "However, under current circumstances, my agent and I have agreed that being bought out would be the best option for me professionally. 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.
"Lastly, I would like to thank all of the incredible fans of New York, as well as my teammates, my coach and the Knicks' owner for the wonderful opportunity to play in my hometown."
Beno Udrih’s contract was also bought out in addition to World Peace. According to ESPN, both players expressed discontent regarding their lack of playing time.
The second year of World Peace’s deal consists of a player option, which he could lose if he decides to join another team. The Los Angeles Clippers, who have been actively reshuffling their roster midseason, is reported to be one of his suitors. World Peace, a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2010 championship, would bring postseason experience and defensive-mindedness to any playoff-bound team.