Metta World Peace: Knicks didn’t want me to lead

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Metta World took a buyout with the New York Knicks last month, hoping to sign with a contender.

He’s still eligible for a playoff roster – the date he gets waived, not signed, determines his eligibility – but, so far, no team has bitten.

Maybe that’s why World Peace giving his version of events in New York. I don’t expect it will undo the perception that, at 34, he might no longer produce at even a replacement level. But here goes, anyway.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

World Peace had a player option for next season at $1.6 million and got about $250,000 of that figure in the buyout package, according to a source.

“I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,’’ World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.’’

Sometimes, World Peace says outlandish things. Whether he sincerely believes everything he says or is just seeking attention, that’s not necessarily a voice you want leading your locker room.

The Knicks have a roster mostly full of veterans, players who’d know better than to heed any misguided advice offered by World Peace. But New York still has a couple talented young players, particularly Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert, who are still young and impressionable.

There’s little reason to risk keeping World Peace when he’s not producing.

Especially when he’s willing to give back money.

In addition to his player option for next season (actual amount: $1,661,550), World Peace was owed about $467,647  for the rest of this season. It’s not clear whether that $250,000 is the total World Peace received in his buyout or the amount agreed to based on negotiations in relation to next season only.

Either way, though, World Peace came out behind.