Brooklyn Nets Rumors: Could Metta World Peace Fit in With the New Look Nets?

By Ryan Heckman


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One of the most interesting stories in the NBA offseason at the moment is happening with the Los Angeles Lakers. No, it has nothing to do with Dwight Howard — relax.

In recent rumors around the league, the Lakers are being said to have thought about using the amnesty clause on forward Metta World Peace. If that were to happen, the controversial veteran has made it known he would like to play for the New York Knicks.

However, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, World Peace has a list of teams he would like to play for and the Brooklyn Nets are toward the top.

So, the question is: Does he fit with the new look Nets?

With so many stars on the team now after bringing in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, it’s an interesting scenario. They have plenty of egos to manage and attitudes to work with. But, what they don’t have is the defensive presence at the small forward position. Pierce is not known for his defense — something they lost when they traded away Gerald Wallace.

World Peace would actually fit nicely here. If in the right frame of mind — which can be coincidentally altered — he is still a premier defender in the NBA. The Lakers used him against guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant when he was on the floor because he was by far the best they had to do so.

The Nets have plenty of offense to go around with their re-worked roster. Down low, they have Garnett who is still one of the best defensive big men in the game. But, on the perimeter they could still use another body. This is where the interest would come from.

Now, the Nets are already paying out their ears over the luxury tax. What’s just another minimal contract going to do? I say go for it. It won’t make much difference in the overall financial aspect of things, as he will probably wind up taking somewhere near the veteran minimum — at least that’s the rumor as of right now.

World Peace could definitely shore up the weakness in Brooklyn at the moment and may be the missing piece they need to go after a title in 2013. Look for Los Angeles to make a decision here soon on what they’re going to do, and then it’ll be time for the psychologically-challenged veteran forward to make his move.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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