Thanks for signing up, guys. Former Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald brought in five new players last offseason via free-agent signings – with defense-oriented forward Metta World Peace and point guard Beno Udrih by far the most important. (Jeremy Tyler, Cole Aldrich, Toure’ Murry were considered more roster fillers and insurance.) As the Knicks enter the All-Star Break after Wednesday’s home game vs. Sacramento, Grunwald is long gone from the scene and World Peace and Udrih are long gone from the rotation. World Peace and Udrih had other options this summer, but signed with New York after the impressive recruiting spiel by Woodson and Grunwald. At the time of the signings, current team president Steve Mills was not part of the organization. He was a leading candidate to become the executive director of the Players Association after being out of the NBA since being let go by the Garden in 2009. Both Udrih and World Peace are strong candidates to be moved at the Feb. 20 deadline, and there doesn’t appear to be a promotion on the horizon. Though Woodson is going with the two-point-guard starting alignment, he still has no room for Udrih, who has received eighth straight DNPs and has played just once in the past 11 games (garbage time in Charlotte rout). Murry, who has a future in the organization, is ahead of Udrih, who appears to have none. Murry saw some rotation minutes vs. Portland last week, and Woodson is committed to playing him in garbage time over the veteran Slovenian. The Wizards reportedly have interest in Udrih. The Knicks would love to stockpile a second-round pick or Wizards rookie Glen Rice Jr., whom the Knicks had as one of the candidates to draft last year at No. 24 if Tim Hardaway Jr. was off the board, according to multiple sources. Toronto had shown interest in World Peace during Kyle Lowry talks.
Udrih, World Peace candidates for Knicks deadline trades
New York Post | Feb 13