Lakers Rumors: Metta World Peace Interested In Returning?
After a brief stint with the New York Knicks last season, Metta World Peace is a free agent this summer and currently looking for another opportunity in the NBA.
At 34, World Peace isn’t receiving considerable interest as a free agent, but hopes that he might land in familiar surroundings. The veteran forward would welcome a return to Los Angeles or New York, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:
I'm told Metta would love to play for Lakers, Clippers or Knicks. But my sense is any talks Lakers may have had w/ him have not been deep
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) July 17, 2014
At this point in his career, World Peace might only be receiving offers of the veteran’s minimum to play next season. The one-time NBA champion could be hoping for more, but the three teams he’s interested in signing with may not be willing to pay more than the minimum.
World Peace played in only 29 games for the Knicks last season averaging only 13.4 minutes per game after having a substantial role with the Lakers. World Peace ultimately agreed to a buyout of his contract making him a free agent, but didn’t sign with another team.
With the Lakers in rebuilding mode and currently looking for players willing to take less, World Peace may become an option for the team with a need at small forward. The Lakers currently have a number of guards on the team that includes Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young and Kendall Marshall. Kobe and Young can play at the three spot, but both players are better suited at shooting guard.
In World Peace’s last season with the Lakers, the veteran forward averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest.
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