The Knicks waived the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Udrih on Monday after buying out his contract. Udrih, 31, signed with New York last summer.
World Peace, 34, is a Queens native who played his college ball at St. John’s. The 15-year veteran forward, who signed a two-year deal, $3.2 million contract last offseason, played in just 29 games, averaging 4.8 points.
According to a report, New York has again attempted to persuade Denver to agree to a swap of the shooting guard for the power forward, but the Nuggets don’t appear to be interested in such a trade.
Beno Udrih isn’t the only player who appears to be beyond the point of frustrated. Several Knicks voiced their displeasure after Monday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
New York’s coach has to decide whether it’s more important to win basketball games or give playing time to the players with the biggest contracts. The decision is really that simple.
Amare Stoudemire added 11 points and Beno Udrih and Andrea Bargnani had 10 each for New York (10-21), which snapped a three-game skid.
Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors rallied for a 95-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
“Don’t just be a coach, be a person,” Udrih said after the game on Wednesday, though he didn’t specifically mention head coach Mike Woodson.
The Knicks could be boosted by the return of point guard Raymond Felton when they face the Orlando Magic on Monday.
To say the Knicks’ guards have been bad this year would be an understatement. To call them the worst collection of guards in the NBA would be accurate. It’s that horrid.
The injury leaves New York with only two healthy point guards on its roster: Beno Udrih and rookie Toure’ Murry.
“We’re frustrated,” Smith said. “It’s too early to panic. But me, personally, I’m panicking. I don’t like this. I don’t want to play 3-8 basketball.”
Schmeelk says this year’s Knicks squad is capable of winning 50 games.
Woodson will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding the proper offense/defense balance. He can go with a dual point-guard lineup with Prigioni or start a bigger two-guard like Shumpert or Smith.
This is the way the Knicks’ season has to start. It’s so disappointing, but also so typical at the same time. Dolan would have it no other way.