Lakers Rumors: Free Agent Forward Metta World Peace In Lakers’ Radar
Lakers Rumors – Los Angeles Lakers are considering signing forward Metta World Peace to boost their front court on a one year deal, according to league sources.
No deal has been ratified yet, but sources confirm that talks are on between the franchise and World Peace’s representative.
The 35-year-old is receiving ample interest from the various quarters of the Lakers’ team-management. Veteran All-star Kobe Bryant too has shown keen interest in bringing back his old compatriot.
World Peace took part in Lakers’ practice sessions this off-season. Julius Randle, first round pick of 2014 NBA draft, also featured in that practice session.
Return of World Peace
World Peace last played in NBA for the New York Knicks in 2013-14 season before he was waived by the franchise. Then he switched over to China and Italy and played there for two years.
The veteran forward was in Lakers’ roster for four years, from 2009-2013. They amnestied World Peace after the 2012-13 season for a staggering $15 million, as per reports. His combination with Kobe Bryant guided Los Angeles to the 2010 NBA championship, beating Boston Celtics in the finals.
World Peace notched up a late 3-pointer in game 7 of the final series. Prior to that, He was also instrumental in Lakers’ successful title defense in 2009. The then Ron Artest posted an average of 11 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game replacing Trevor Ariza in the off-season.
Los Angeles lacks depth in the small forward position this season. Someone is needed to assist Kobe Brant. Thus, World Peace is being seriously considered.
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