Metta World Peace has been in the NBA for 15 years and has made his share of enemies along the way. However, the crazed small forward has the last laugh of an NBA title while with the Los Angeles Lakers. At 33-years old, World Peace has many options when this season concludes and one of them includes retirement. That said, he first has to decide what to do with his 2013 player option worth $7.7 million.
I highly doubt that someone on the open market would give World Peace more than that, but with the unrest in Los Angeles, World Peace could get out of dodge and decline the option. If this was merely a financial decision, the formerly known Ron Artest would be on the Lakers 2013-14 roster for sure. World Peace is the king of controversy in the NBA and has thrown us all for a loop in years prior.
World Peace has been with the Lakers for four seasons, which is the second-longest that he has stayed with a club in his 15-year career. If he decides to stay with the Lakers for one more season, it will surpass the four and a half years that he spent with the Indiana Pacers. A guy like Peace has the uncanny knack of wearing out his welcome rather fast, so don’t be surprised if he decides not to sign on the dotted line for the Lakers.
The Lakers brought in World Peace prior to the 2009-10 season and were immediately rewarded with an NBA title. Now times are different, and change may be good for both parties. World Peace has been a side-show for the better part of four years, but to say that he hasn’t made an impact with the club is completely asinine.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see what the former defensive player of the year does with his player option for 2013-2014.