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Top 5 Landing Spots for Metta World Peace After Amnesty From Los Angeles Lakers

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Top 5 Landing Spots For Metta World Peace

Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

On Monday night, news emerged that the Los Angeles Lakers were set to use their amnesty provision on Metta World Peace. The team's decision certainly shouldn't come as much of a surprise, simply given the impact and financial gain that the organization scoops up from their choice.

World Peace had previously opted into the final year of his contract with the Lakers, but Los Angeles' decision to waive him with their amnesty provision frees up approximately $30 million from their salary and luxury tax. As for World Peace, well, the ongoing saga that he has become during his NBA career will have to continue elsewhere -- but just where would he fit?

While it appears that the Lakers are transitioning in a different direction from the team that they put onto the court this past season, World Peace should find a home somewhere and still be a decent NBA contributor

Without further ado, let's take a look at the top five landing spots for the recently waived, Metta World Peace:

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No. 5- New Orleans Pelicans

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New Orleans is now surprisingly loaded with Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis, but the Pelicans need a feisty veteran and they don't make them like World Peace anymore.

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No. 4- Portland Trail Blazers

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Portland has a strong starting five, but no depth whatsoever. World Peace would not only provide that depth, but he would challenge the Blazers' starters to take their games to the next level.

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No. 3- Dallas Mavericks

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Dallas needs absolutely anyone it can get to play defense and sell tickets. Needless to say, World Peace does both.

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No. 2- Cleveland Cavaliers

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Cleveland is on the verge of playoff contention and adding a gritty defensive fiend like World Peace is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Cavaliers -- not to mention, they could still use some help at the small forward position. This could be an ideal fit.

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No. 1- Detroit Pistons

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With the addition of Josh Smith, Detroit is now suddenly a bubble playoff team. Throw in a veteran like World Peace to keep the young heads level in his own special way and the Pistons could be a perfect fit.