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Lakers Rumors: Lakers Leaning Toward Keeping Metta World Peace Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers were patiently waiting to make offseason moves until Dwight Howard made his decision of where to sign in free agency. Now that Howard has chosen to p The Lakers were patiently waiting to make offseason moves until Dwight Howard made his decision of where to sign in free agency. Now that Howard has chosen to p Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Lakers Leaning Toward Keeping Metta World Peace

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Metta World PeaceThe Lakers were patiently waiting to make offseason moves until Dwight Howard made his decision of where to sign in free agency. Now that Howard has chosen to play in Houston for the near future, the Lakers will be using their Plan B to create a competitive roster.

The Lakers still have their one-time use of the amnesty provision given to every NBA team after the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) became official. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake and Metta World Peace, who opted-in to his contract recently, are the only players on the Lakers’ roster that can be amnestied.

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It has been the general consensus that Metta would be the victim to get amnestied this year as the Lakers are trying to cut cost and doing so would save the Lakers up to a reported $30 million in luxury taxes.

However, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan, that may no longer be the Lakers’ plan:

…the Lakers are leaning toward keeping Metta World Peace instead of waiving him under the one-time amnesty provision, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Lakers are very limited of how much they can offer free agents this offseason as they only have the mini mid-level exception and the veteran minimum contract to offer. It has been reported that the Lakers have interest in Elton Brand and have reached out to Lamar Odom to possibly reunite with his former team.

NBA teams that have their amnesty provision still intact, like the Lakers, can use it, if they choose to do so, during the period of July 10-16. The Lakers will not amnesty Kobe, and it was reported that Pau will not get amnestied as well with the departure of Howard. Blake has the lowest contract of the amnesty qualified players, so it is unlikely he will get the axe.

Therefore, fans will most likely have to wait a few more days to know the certainty of Metta World Peace’s future as a Laker.

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  • Ahmadi Nejad

    I said it before. Bring in Odom to be the stretch 4. And Jordan Farmar to challenge opposing PG’s.
    Get players who want to be lakers.

    • FEDup2

      You’ve run out of those!

    • msing

      They cannot sign Farmar. He is locked into his contract in Turkey for another two years and the Laker’s won’t buy out his contract. Blake is legit so I don’t see the need (when healthy).

      Odom yeah I can see that. Goudelock I can see us signing for vet minimum as another shooter but I cannot see him as an improvement over Meeks. Sasha I can also see us signing for the vet minimum.

      Still few interesting guys out there too.

  • Mike D

    Glad he left. Looking forward to the next moves in free agency. Don’t understand why we didn’t keep Goudelock, we are going to need some scoring.

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  • Akin

    MWP is a defensive force when healthy so it might make sense to keep him

    • Paytc

      Plus MWP will give you max effort on the road and at home.
      He makes no excuses,and comes ready to play.

      • r meed

        Thats the best thing about Metta! He has a heart. And he’s a true Laker!

  • Vlo

    MWP is too slow and doesnt have any form of consistency..takes random shots and moves

  • 2014

    Put pau at center metta at PF he not as quick as he once was but still strong an can defend PFs. Both fit these positions with MD. They need to sign some wing players tho.

  • LAKER4LIFE

    TELL ME WHY DID WE LET EARL CLARK GET AWAY AND TREVOR ARIZA STILL OUT THERE

    • LakersRWorthy

      You do realize that the Lakers would have had to pay Earl Clark double of what he is worth as of right now.. Financially it did not make sense to the Lakers… Also Ariza may not want to sign for the Vet min.

      • krillinit

        Ariza is not out in the market bud. He opted into his contract so just like MWP, he’s playing for the Washington Wizards for one more year.

  • Pat Oslon

    The idiot Jim Buss is at the root of this fiasco.

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