Metta World Peace has signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers, team sources confirmed on Thursday.
Metta World Peace has been working out with Lakers for the last few weeks, and there were strong rumors that the team would sign the veteran to groom promising stars like Julius Randle. World Peace played in China and Italy last season.
Forward Metta World Peace has finally signed a non-guaranteed deal. The 35-year-old will be the 19th player in the Lakers roster. According to the league rule a team can carry up to 20 players in the training camp.
“I think he’d be great in the locker room with young players,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said earlier Thursday before the deal was announced. “But we have to be careful not to use a roster spot too early because we have a lot of young kids.”
The forward last played in NBA in 2013-14 season with the New York Knicks. But he has featured continuously in the Lakers’ practice session this off-season.
World Peace has been very impressive in the Lakers’ practice sessions, especially working with forward Julius Randle, who’s recovering from a broken leg he suffered last season.
“It’s great to have him go against Julius. To watch those two guys practice, it’s almost comical,” Kupchak said. “I’m not sure who gets the better of it. I would be surprised if either player admitted to anybody after practice that they hurt more than they did before practice.”