What Now After Los Angeles Lakers Amnestied Metta World Peace?

By Haz Bey

Metta World Peace has reportedly been amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers. A move that will save the Lakers $30 million in luxury taxes. This had nothing to do with World Peace’s play on the court. World Peace just completed his best season with Lakers since the 2009-2010 championship season.

The Lakers has just signed free agent Chris Kaman to a one-year deal. Los Angeles also has their eyes on free agents Nick YoungLamar Odom and Elton Brand.

The 2013-2014 season will be an experiment to say the least for the Lakers. Steve Nash will be only player left on the roster come season’s end and the Lakers will go through a complete makeover for the following season.

Next year’s offseason may offer potential free agents LeBron JamesDwyane WadeChris BoshCarmello Anthony and Paul George. So the Lakers number-one goal outside of winning a championship will be to remain financially flexible for the 2014 offseason.

World Peace’s presence will be missed in L.A.

His inspired play helped the Lakers win the second of back-to-back titles in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the rival Boston Celtics.

World Peace outplayed his counterpart Paul Pierce in a epic Game-7 victory to the tune of 20 points to Pierce’s 18. ‘The Artest formerly known as Ron’ physically made life difficult for Boston’s then leading scorer all series long.

World Peace’s biggest moment in Game 7 happened when he hit a clutch three pointer to give the Lakers a six-point lead with two minutes left to play to help preserve the come behind victory over the Celtics resulting in the franchise’s 16th world championship.

World Peace proved last season that he can still defend on a high level, so his services could be useful to a contender looking for some toughness.

Hello New York Knicks.

Haz Bey covers the Los Angeles Lakers for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Haz_Bey and Facebook.

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