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Lakers make it official, amnesty Metta World Peace

Jul 11, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT

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The Lakers are done with World Peace.

As had been rumored for a while, the Lakers made it official on Thursday and amnestied Metta World Peace. That is not going to be popular with Lakers nation, who had grown to love the one guy who hustled and tried to play defense nightly even as the rest of the roster struggled.

World Peace now goes on waivers where any team under the salary cap can claim him for a portion of his existing salary (it’s a bidding process). If none of them grab him he becomes an unrestricted free agent and likely would sign with the New York Knicks (there is mutual interest).

This was a financial move for Los Angeles not a basketball move (he averaged 12.4 points a game with solid defense last season) — he was due $7.7 million next season but with the escalating luxury tax this saves the Lakers more than $14 million (they still have to pay him his salary but not the tax on that salary).

Still, this was not an easy decision or one that will be popular — Kobe Bryant had lobbied on twitter for the team to keep him. World Peace was the best player on the court in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals and he was popular among teammates and fans. For all the flaws in his game, you could never question his desire.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons. For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak in a released statement. “He has made many contributions to this organization, both in his community work as well as in our games; perhaps no more so than in his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals in helping to lead us over the Celtics in one of the greatest playoff wins in Lakers history. We thank Metta for all his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

There are not a lot of threes on the Lakers roster; look for them to go small for stretches and play just acquired Nick Young there.

  1. kb2408 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Happy trails, MWP!! We will miss watching you dribble aimlessly around in a circle like an 8 year old before launching a flat footed three pointer. Seriously, Kobe was correct, without you there would be no title in 2010.

  2. jcrileyesq - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    veteran teams should trying and get him and captain jack

    • piperbill - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      You mean captain jacka** …

  3. piperbill - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    World Metta Peace of S*** just got flushed! LOL!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      He prefers to go by Whole Foods Guacamole Dip now.

  4. ludachrisgsx - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Going to miss watching him reach in from behind and knock the ball out with his left hand – he must have the longest reach with that left arm of anyone in the league. He would pick someone’s pocket and get a steal or a deflection in almost every game he played last season.

    • therealhtj - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Then race down the court and make an equally awful offensive play at the other end, usually resulting in a block, turnover, or blown layup. The circle of life in one sequence.

  5. miguel3557 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    The Palace incident was an absolute disgrace, running into the stands and beating on fans, the most vicious example of player violence I’ve ever witnessed. I can’t wait until this crazy, stupid thug is gone from the league.

    • cariedmann - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Stop living in the past. He’s apologized for that many times, and has tried his best to make amends. We all do stupid stuff when we’re younger.

    • katra2logic - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Probably the single most over hyped and exaggerated incidence in NBA history (well, at least since 1968 when I started watching pro bball). Much ado abut a minor event, it was a slow press week.

      • mytthor - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM

        The guy got hit in the face with a thrown beverage and he tried to punch the guy who did it. Most guys would react the same.

  6. omniusprime - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    They should have amnestied that worthless piece of overaged garbage Ancient Trash Nash. At least MWP gave the Lakers value for the money they paid him, so far Trash Nash has given the Lakers nothing but lame excuses about wanting to be a Laker. MWP played defense, something Trash Nash has never been accused of his entire pathetic career.

    With Kobe signaling that he won’t accept any discounts on his services after 2014 I’d say this will be Kobe’s last hurrah with the Lakers. If he wants to win another ring or two then he definitely has to leave the Lakers. Thanks to Jerky Boy Jimmy and Dimwitted Kupcake making ignorant moves like losing Coward then signing garbage players like Kaman and Young it’s pretty obvious the Laker mismanagement has no intentions of contending for a title anytime soon.

    Thanks MWP, Good Luck!

    • dyn0myte - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      In the past,
      the Lakers carefully crafted teams of talented complimentary players
      to create dynasties.

      In the future,
      the Lakers will rent “names” for their marketability
      to create profit.

    • mytthor - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      They can’t amnesty Nash since he wasn’t on the roster when the new CBA was signed.

      Also, you’re a complete idiot. His pathetic career? Kobe will never leave the Lakers. With the money the Lakers have to sign free agents Young and Kaman are pretty good pickups.

      The Lakers didn’t “make the move” to lose Howard, it’s called free agency.

      The entirety of your post except the last sentence is just ridiculous. The nicknames are super clever though.

      • mytthor - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:55 AM

        Nash is a back to back MVP. His “pathetic career” is better than anything anyone you’ve ever met and anyone they’ve ever met will ever do in their life.

  7. sportfan2 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    A very good player. BUT, this is one scary dude with a very short fuse. For the Lakers they were probably very lucky he never really hurt someone on the court. I wish him good luck.

  8. BigBeachBall - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

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