The Los Angeles Lakers finally used their amnesty clause to waive small forward Metta World Peace and saved around $14 million, but rumors say that the team could possibly re-sign MWP to a veteran’ minimum deal.
By releasing World Peace, the Lakers will need to sign around four or five more players to fill out their roster. GM Mitch Kupchak has already made it clear that they will be filling out the rest of their roster using the veteran’s minimum, as they will preserve their money for the future.
If all went right in a world where many things go wrong, the Lakers could re-sign the player they just waived. MWP has publicly said on numerous occasions that he would love to finish his career with the Lakers and that money is not the deciding factor.
In the 2012-13 season, World Peace averaged 12.4 point and grabbed five rebounds per game, not to mention being the team’s alpha dog when it came to guarding the opposition’s best player. At age 33, MWP may not be as quick as he used to be, but he still possess adequate strength and skills to guard even the elite players in the NBA.
More importantly, he has been one of the most influential players for the Lakers during his four years and is a player that has earned respect from his teammates, including All-Star Kobe Bryant. Bryant has been the lone player that has vouched to keep this team intact for one more shot, especially with Pau Gasol and MWP.
The smartest thing the Lakers’ front office could do is to at least try and bring World Peace back with the team. The Lakers might not be bringing back an All-Star, but the guy who hit the clutch shot to help the team seal their 16th championship isn’t all too bad.
Re-signing MWP won’t guarantee that the Lakers will get the same contributions from him as they did last year, but it guarantees that he will play his heart out and be that ‘tough’ guy Bryant relies on.