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Former NBA player Metta World Peace attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Metta World Peace arrives at THE IMAGINE BALL LA Benefit Concert at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
CHENGDU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 18: (CHINA OUT) NBA player Metta World Peace attends the PETA charity activity 'spay and neuter' for animals on November 18, 2014 in Chengdu, Sichuan province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 26: (CHINA OUT) Former NBA player, CBA foreign player Metta World Peace visits Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base on September 26, 2014 in Chengdu, Sichuan province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
New York Knicks' Metta World Peace is introduced before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 9: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 9, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks goes for the layup during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 30, 2014. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Evan Fournier #94 of the Denver Nuggets shoots against Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 07, 2014. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 7: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on December 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks in action against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Hawks 111-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 7: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks boxes out Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rebound at The Quicken Loans Arena on December 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks plays against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on November 20, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Pacers defeated the Knicks 103-96 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks discusses his flagrant foul call with a referee in the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2013 in New York City.The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the New York Knicks 102-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks goes up to shoot during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the newly transformed Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 10, 2013. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Metta World Peace #51 of the New York Knicks during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the newly transformed Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 10, 2013. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks' Metta World Peace, left, and Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Knight go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
New York Knicks' Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
New York Knicks' Metta World Peace talks to the media at the NBA teams media day Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Metta World Peace's dream homecoming lasted less than a season, with the New York Knicks waiving the veteran forward and Beno Udrih on Monday after buying out their contracts.

World Peace finally got his wish to play for the Knicks when he signed last summer, but he never gained a place in Mike Woodson's rotation and appeared in just 29 games before asking for his release.

"It was a childhood dream of mine to play basketball professionally in New York City, and it has truly been a blessing for that dream to have come true. However, under current circumstances, my agent and I have agreed that being bought out would be the best option for me professionally," the New York native said in a statement. "I would like everyone to know that whether I was on the court or off, I could not have been happier playing for and cheering on this amazing city, my city."

The moves were announced Monday before the Knicks hosted the Dallas Mavericks. By getting waived this week, both veterans will be able to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

World Peace, who grew up in Queensbridge and starred at St. John's when he was still Ron Artest, missed nearly all of January due to a procedure on his left knee. He played seven minutes Friday in a loss at Orlando, and then wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday that his agent was working on a buyout.

Udrih, who also signed last summer, had 12 starts among his 31 appearances.

"We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York," Knicks general manager Steve Mills said. "We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well."

Woodson said he and Mills would talk Tuesday about adding players. Woodson said he thought the Knicks needed a guard to defend on the perimeter, and another big man with Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin injured.

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