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One way or another World Peace may be a free agent this summer

Mar 26, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant AP

If you don’t think Metta World Peace matters to the Lakers rotations, you didn’t watch the second half of their loss to Golden State Monday night. He tweaked his left knee and spent much of the second half in the locker room getting treatment, he didn’t play. Without him the Lakers defense takes a step back — Pau Gasol is still playing his way into shape and looked slow, and the Lakers bench is just a bunch of guys who need to knock down threes to be effective.

But the smart money says Metta World Peace will not be back with the Lakers next year.

He has a player option for $7.7 million and told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com he may not pick it up. But even if he does, the Lakers may amnesty him to save money.

He said his agent, Marc Cornstein, will approach the Lakers about an extension, but that will be a very short conversation unless the 33-year-old small forward is willing to take a severe pay cut. And it may be short no matter what. If World Peace does not terminate the deal, he immediately becomes a candidate to be cut under the amnesty provision….

“I think my agent is trying to see if he can get an extension to stay here in L.A.,” World Peace told NBA.com. “I’m really excited about the possibilities of staying here in L.A.”

The Lakers are not going to do an extension. They will have a lot of cap space in 2014 and the only contract they will add to impinge on that is Dwight Howard’s. Only Howard and Steve Nash would be on the Lakers books, giving them a chance to rebuild no matter what Kobe Bryant decides to do.

World Peace sounds like he isn’t thinking about the business of basketball past the end of the Lakers playoffs. But there is a lot to think about. The Lakers also have $78 million in salary on the books for next season and that is before Howard’s new max deal. Look for them to reshape the roster some (I still expect a Gasol trade) but they are still going to be flirting with $100 million in salary, which under the new rules would bring more than $80 million in taxes. The Lakers will look to trim that a little.

World Peace is likely that way.

He’s going to find a new deal, likely something around three years at the mid-level. He can certainly still play — 12.8 points a game, shoots 34.7 percent from three (but just 40.5 percent overall) and 5.1 rebounds a game, plus he can defend.

One way or another, look for Metta World Peace to be on the move this summer, maybe coming to a town near you.

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