Dec 10, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Metta World Peace reacts in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: New York Knicks confirm Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih released


The New York Knicks have confirmed through head coach Mike Woodson that the team has bought out the contracts of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, effectively making them free agents. Newsday’s Al Iannazzone was present when Woodson made the confirmation of news we heard leaked out of New York earlier in the weekend.

Per Iannazzone:

“I can’t say anything went wrong,” Woodson said. “They weren’t in the rotations. I’m not going to linger on it. We’re buying them out.”

Many Knicks fans have been expecting the man making the announcement to get a form of a buyout and be fired, but New York refused to fire Woodson over the All-Star Break and he appears to be holding onto his job — for now. The Knicks only moves in recent weeks have been the release of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, something that has enraged fans hoping that something a little more proactive would have been done.

Still, the Knicks failed to make a trade, didn’t fire their head coach and sort of tailed off on what looked like a trade deadline where they’d be actively trying to craft a winner in 2014. The team may still win, but it won’t because of any season saving trades they made and the release of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih will likely help only in the slightest.

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