“We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York,” Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills said. “We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well.”
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that over the summer, World Peace, a native of Queens, signed a two-year contract that was worth about $1.6 million per season, with a player option in the second year.
He can join another team, but pay per head sportsbooks know that he would lose the player option.
“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,” World Peace said.
“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.”
With the Knicks, World Peace had a minimal role (21-34), as he only played 13.4 minutes in 29 games. Price per head services saw that last season he played with the Lakers 33.7 minutes per game.
Both players were recently unhappy with their lack of action.
“They weren’t in the rotation, and I’m not going to linger on it,” coach Mike Woodson said.
“We’re buying them out, and as a coach when guys work for me I wish them nothing but the best when they move on. And we’re going to move on.
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“You can’t play everybody, and if you’re not playing you’ve still got to be a good teammate and be ready to play when called upon. Unfortunately, I couldn’t play them … I’ll get back and talk to Steve and ownership [Sunday] sometime and look at the players available out there.”