Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
The Knicks are in buyout talks with both Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, and Daniel Artest isn’t happy about it.
World Peace reported the news on his Twitter, and it has been confirmed by multiple reports.
“My agent just informed me this release could happen any hr now. I just want to say ‘Thanks for everything,’” World Peace Tweeted.
He added: “Thank NYC for everything. Thanks for having me I will always be grateful… My agent is working on a buyout. No disrespect to the city Luv U.”
World Peace joined his hometown Knicks after being amnestied by the Lakers but has recently been relegated to a minor role on the team.
His brother, Daniel Artest, took to Twitter to rip the Knicks in an extended rant.
“Mike Woodson is trash as a coach,” Artest wrote on one of several Tweets. “That’s my opinion. The Knicks are a trash organization. That’s my opinion too. Melo deserves better. Fact!”
World Peace makes $1.6 million this season and has a player option for $1.7 million for next year.
Udrih makes $1.3 million this year and is not under contract beyond this season.
The Knicks were unable to deal the unhappy Udrih at the deadline.
The moves will free up two roster spots as the Knicks (21-34) head into their final 27 games beginning Saturday night in Atlanta.
As Howard Beck pointed out, the Knicks have now waived three of their six acquisitions from last summer in World Peace, Udrih and Chris Smith.
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.