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

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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.