The New York Knicks organization is currently in a whirlwind of mixed emotions — mostly negative. The team is not even hardly focused on the season at hand, with free agency on the mind of one particular player and a head coach who seemingly cannot get the job done — all while enduring a losing season.
One particular Knick has simply rolled with the punches, but his patience has to be running short. Forward Metta World Peace hinted recently at being traded and he just might get his wish prior to the deadline on February 20th.
World Peace is only playing an average of 14.1 minutes per game in 2013-2014, which comes in at a career-low for the tenured veteran. Somehow, head coach Mike Woodson has appeared to keep him in the dog house.
With Woodson acknowledging recently, in a roundabout way, that he has no idea what he is doing with his current roster, World Peace could likely be moved prior to the February 20th trade deadline. The fact that a defensive-minded veteran with playoff and finals experience is being shelved for the majority of his games this season should trigger a few calls from contenders around the league.
After returning from a procedure on January 24th, World Peace has seen very little action. According to the New York Post, World Peace had this to say when asked about being traded:
“That’s up to my agent. I don’t worry about it. I’m optimistic about my future. … I’m not going to complain.”
If the Knicks are not taking these calls seriously, they should be. Woodson needs to go also, but that’s a different debate for another day. He can’t effectively use his players, but then again, he is living with a superstar — Carmelo Anthony — that has his mind on the upcoming summer instead of this season, while continuing to play selfish basketball.
The situation in New York is just all-around poor at the moment. They need more than just one change, and moving World Peace could kickstart a series of moves; whether it be player or personnel, both are likely to occur if they should see any success in the near future.
Teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs could be three teams to watch in the coming days. World Peace has had his moments in the past, but under the right coach and correct system, he is an invaluable asset on defense. Come playoff time, that’s the number one concern of teams — defense. World Peace can contribute to a championship roster, and he may just get that chance.