Friday, August 22, 2014
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Knicks to buy out Metta World Peace

The New York Knicks are preparing to buy out the contracts of veterans Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.

"We're going in a different direction, and we've got to figure out another spot or two for our ball club," coach Mike Woodson said Saturday.

Earlier, World Peace tweeted that his agent was working on a buyout and thanked fans and the city.

Neither veteran has earned a place in Woodson's rotation in his first season in New York. Udrih has appeared in just 31 games, while World Peace, who had a procedure on his knee in January, has played in just 29.

"I can't say anything went wrong," Woodson said. "Again, they weren't in the rotations. I'm not going to linger on it. I mean, we're buying them out. As a coach, guys work for me, I wish them nothing but the best as they move on, and we're going to move on."

Neither player saw action in the Knicks' 107-98 loss Saturday in Atlanta.

Kings' Terry done for year

The Sacramento Kings' recently acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of the season rehabilitating his left knee. Saturday's announcement came two days after the Kings got Terry and Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets for guard Marcus Thornton.

Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro says giving Terry "time to rehab during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience needed to help us improve as a team going forward."

Wizards 94, Pelicans 93 - Washington's Nene made the go-ahead dunk with 0.3 seconds left and matched a season high with 30 points in Washington's home win Saturday over New Orleans.

Washington trailed, 93-92, after Anthony Davis hit two free throws with seven seconds left. After a timeout, the Wizards inbounded to John Wall, who dribbled to the lane, drew the defense, and dished to a cutting Nene, who slammed the ball with his right hand.

Mavericks 113, Pistons 102 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, and Vince Carter added 18 in Dallas' road win over Detroit.

Bobcats 92, Grizzlies 89 - Kemba Walker scored 31 points as Charlotte won for the fourth time in five nights, beating visiting Memphis. Charlotte is 4-0 since the all-star break. Memphis, meanwhile, saw its four-game win streak snapped.

Hawks 107, Knicks 98 - Atlanta snapped an eight-game losing streak by pounding the visitors - who blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead for the second straight night.

- Inquirer wire services

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