Report: Knicks could invite Metta World Peace to training camp

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Metta World Peace might become a Knick again.
Metta World Peace might become a Knick again. (USATSI)

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The New York Knicks have discussed inviting free agent Metta World Peace to training camp, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. World Peace asked for and received a buyout from the team after being buried in former head coach Mike Woodson's rotation last year, and would reportedly like to come back.

World Peace is eager to reunite with his former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, and his former Los Angeles teammate, coach Derek Fisher, and erase the bitter memory of his original homecoming.

“[World Peace] has the utmost respect for Phil and Derek,'' his agent, Marc Cornstein, told The Post. “There's a history there. They know he's out there.''

The Knicks are trying to add another good-sized small forward to the roster. After Carmelo Anthony, only rookie Cleanthony Early is a true small forward. During summer league play, Early is trying to prove he is ready to be Anthony's backup, but hasn't shown he can create his own shot.

If he is invited and New York doesn't make any significant moves before camp, World Peace would compete for a roster spot with big man Jeremy Tyler. He'd have an advantage in that he's familiar with the triangle offense and the Knicks don't have any players quite like him. His health might be the X factor here -- World Peace had his knee drained five times last season, per the Post, and was not productive in his limited minutes.

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