Metta World Peace has gotten into 23 games for the Lakers this season (a Lakers team that is 14-51). He’s shooting 29.1 percent from the field. He is a shadow of the defender he used to be, he can’t stay in front of guys anymore. He has a PER of 7.2, the kind of number you traditionally see from a guy bouncing between the NBA and D-League.
He is a free agent this summer. He will turn 37 a few weeks into next season. oes he want to keep playing?
Does he want to keep playing?
We should have known the answer to that. From Mike Bresnahan with the Los Angeles Times.
“I still want to get in the playoffs again. I want to do a couple more years,” the Lakers forward said Tuesday. “This year I didn’t play much so I kind of saved myself. I’m going to come back next year strong….
“The games that I started (three), I played well. I wanted to see if I could still compete,” he said. “When I was getting my minutes, I was still able to compete.
“Then the young guys started playing and they started playing well. Now they’re establishing themselves so that was smart on the Lakers’ part.”
I wish World Peace luck in finding a new NBA home. Obviously, the Lakers are not part of World Peace’s future, they are rebuilding with youth and he’s not that anymore. He hasn’t had a ton of run to show what he can do in Los Angeles, but the time he has gotten hasn’t impressed.
World Peace had been out of the NBA the season before this, playing in China and Italy. My guess is that is where he returns. Maybe some NBA team takes a flier on him with a training camp invite, but it was likely only the Lakers that would take that chance. And they are moving on.