Lakers waive Jabari Brown, will keep Metta World Peace on roster

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Is this the move a rebuilding team should make?

The Lakers have waived Jabari Brown, the young scoring guard who spent most of last season with the D-Fenders of the D-League, meaning Metta World Peace is back in the NBA and has made the Lakers’ roster.

This certainly makes the Lakers more entertaining (World Peace and Nick Young in the same locker room!).

World Peace had been working out at the Lakers facilities this summer and bonded with rookie Julius Randle, serving as an on-court mentor. Because their size and styles are relatively similar, there is something to this bonding. World Peace can’t provide much on the court — he doesn’t move laterally well enough to defend much outside the post, and his shot is an issue (he was playing in Italy and China the last couple years for a reason), but he can be a fit at the end of the bench.

The question is why the Lakers would take the older player at the end of his career over the second year player — that’s not how rebuilding teams do things. Parker may not pan out, there were questions about his ability to play off the ball in the Lakers offense, but he certainly has a better shot at being part of the future than MWP. The Lakers decided to give their last couple roster spots to veterans World Peace and Robert Sacre over Brown Robert Upshaw (in large part due to Upshaw’s personal issues).

You can try to defend the individual moves, and they are smaller moves, but this is not the pattern of a team attempting to build itself up to be a place that top free agents will want to come and play. Players and free agents notice this stuff.