5 Teams That Make Sense for Metta World Peace

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5 Teams That Make Sense for Metta World Peace

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the fact his father reportedly said he’ll retire after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, there should be plenty of teams interested in signing Metta World Peace.

One thing has never changed with World Peace — he has never lacked work ethic. You can count on him bringing every ounce of energy he has night in and night out, which is a character trait every coach loves to have on their team.

There are a few different kinds of suitors for World Peace. He may end up with a contender who might use him off the bench as more of a role player, or he could end up with a younger team that needs some veteran leadership. Either way, he would be able to get a good amount of minutes and should be a valuable member of a team.

He may bring baggage along with him, but that is more a part of his past than anything. Most of World Peace’s altercations happen on the court because his opponents don’t appreciate how hard he plays. Sure, the “Malice in the Palace” made its way into the stands and may have tarnished the star’s name back in the day, but those days are behind him. There is no doubt that he can still bring his work ethic and experience to plenty of teams.

The most important thing to teams looking at him is that he hasn’t slowed down despite his age, and he can ignite a fire under his teammates when thing go stale on the court. I have no doubt he’ll be able to contribute to his new suitor.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers don't have much in the way of veteran leadership, and could use a wily veteran like World Peace to light a fire under the youngsters on the squad.

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Portland Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers have never shied away from employing troublemakers in the past, so why should they be afraid to add World Peace to the equation?

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Atlanta Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks will be looking to add a veteran presence after losing Josh Smith to the Detroit Pistons. World Peace makes a lot of sense roster-wise for the Hawks.

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New York Knicks

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World Peace has said if he were cut by the Lakers, he would prefer to play for the New York Knicks. The New York native has wanted to play for the Knicks since he was young.

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Brooklyn Nets

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Jay-Z is clearly doing everything he can to build a championship contender in the Brooklyn Nets, and adding a piece like World Peace would add more depth to an already-deep team. They're already way over the salary cap, but their owner doesn't seem to care much about biting that bullet.

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