It’s official, the Lakers have amnestied Metta World Peace. It was reported that he was going to be amnestied earlier this week, but there were some rumors floating around that the Lakers were going to keep him.
Lakers have officially waived @MettaWorldPeace via the NBA amnesty provision.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 11, 2013
It seems like the signing of Nick Young earlier today was what proved to be the kicker in this decision. With this move, the Lakers could save $14 million, or more depending on if someone else picks him up before he clears waivers. There have been rumors that the Knicks are interested in him, and maybe even the Cavaliers because of Mike Brown, Earl Clark, and Andrew Bynum.
It’ll be sad to see Metta go; he’s been fun to watch — besides his dribbling — these last couple years, and I can’t thank him enough for those years. Mitch Kupchak also had some words to say.
“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. 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.”
Well said, Mr. Kupchak. It’s been a fun ride Metta World Peace.