New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers

Knicks to buy out Metta World Peace, who will then become a free agent


It’s buyout season in the NBA, and what that largely means is that players who performed well below expectations all season long will now be suddenly coveted by multiple teams due to their minimum contract price.

The Knicks are reportedly in talks to cut ties with Metta World Peace, via ESPN New York, either through buyout or outright release — something confirmed publicly by the player himself.

World Peace was expected to be an addition to New York’s regular rotation when he signed a two-year deal in the offseason, but he’s appeared in only 29 contests, and has averaged 4.8 points in 13.4 minutes per game this season.

The Knicks are also reportedly in similar discussions to part ways with point guard Beno Udrih, who was pressed into action earlier in the year due to others being injured, but was mostly dreadful in his 12 appearances in the starting lineup.

Neither of these moves are motivated by money, but what they will do is open up a roster spot or two for the Knicks to add other free agents in hopes of improving the talent in place.

After a tough double-overtime loss in Orlando on Friday, New York is 21-34 on the season, but still just four and a half games out of the final playoff spot in the East — so even the smallest of upgrades to the end of the bench is worth a shot.

There will be teams interested in World Peace, with the Clippers — who were interested last summer and have taken a look at seemingly everyone — likely at the top of that list.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.