Veteran free agent Metta World Peace is regularly working out using Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facilities. Metta World Peace is now very close to script a return at Los Angeles.
Both sides are inching closer to a one-year deal, according to sources. The 35-year-old started working out with Lakers this week at the team’s facility in El Segundo, Calif. According to league sources, he is expected to continue through the start of the Lakers’ training camp at the end of this month. There is a growing expectation that the deal will be ratified within this month, though nothing has been confirmed yet.
World Peace was using Lakers training facilities in the early summer of this season, working against Julius Randle, a first round pick of 2014, sources revealed.
World Peace was waived by the Knicks during 2013-14 season and has been out of the NBA circuit since then. He featured in China and Italy in the last season. Formerly Ron Artest, he has evolved into a mature veteran capable of grooming a young roster by virtue of his mental toughness, feels the Lakers’ think-tank. He is also capable of adding depth in the small forward position, where the Lakers are short. Lakers want him to groom three highly talented youngster in their roster, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Randle.
I'm told from a league source close to Metta World Peace that there's confidence a deal with the Lakers will happen
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 9, 2015
World Peace has averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15 NBA seasons. He has played for Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and the Lakers.