Los Angeles Lakers to Amnesty Metta World Peace?

February 7, 2012 – 11:19 pm by Ryan Phillips

The Los Angeles Lakers decided not to use their amnesty clause before the start of this season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t planning to exercise it at some point.

While the Lakers enjoy having Ron Artest Metta World Peace on their roster, and he’s very popular with his teammates, general manager Mitch Kupchak is likely to amnesty the man referred to MWP this offseason.

World Peace is due more than 7.25 million for the 2012-13 season in the form of a player option he is almost guaranteed to pick up, and is additionally owed more than $7.7 million for 2013-14. With his diminishing skills, there is no way the Lakers can afford to pay him that much. They would also save roughly $7 million in luxury tax money by setting World Peace free.

Los Angeles needs to add some younger, more athletic wing players. While Kobe Bryant is having a great season, he clearly needs some help on offense.

World Peace has done a great job rehabbing his image with the Lakers. He was invaluable to the team during its championship run in 2010 and his work in the community and with his teammates has really endeared him to NBA fans, and the city of Los Angeles.

There is a chance that after he is cut loose, the Lakers could re-sign World Peace for less money, possibly for the veteran’s minimum since he would already be raking in his full salary for the next two seasons.┬áIn that case the Lakers wouldn’t really be forced to use him as anything more than a second-unit guy. He could also teach Devin Ebanks – whose potential and athleticism the Lakers love – how to be a true defensive stopper.

While having World Peace in the purple and gold has been fun, and great for both parties, it may not last much longer.

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  1. 12 Responses to “Los Angeles Lakers to Amnesty Metta World Peace?”

  2. that just doesn’t make sense to amnesty MWP and then turn around and resign him for the Vets min. that means they will still be paying him the 7+mill per year for 2 years, plus the vets min. salary, I don’t see the point to that !!

    By Nate on Feb 8, 2012

  3. Yes, but the $7 million per year wouldn’t count against the cap. They will have to pay him that no matter what, but by using amnesty he comes off the books, and they could re-sign him for less money and that is the only figure that would count against the cap.

    By Ryan Phillips on Feb 8, 2012

  4. Why don’t they use that Amnesty to Luke Walton he’s a big liability big contract that can be use to someone who can contribute to the team.

    By Raoul Cruz on Feb 8, 2012

  5. What? Amnesty him and then re-sign him for less? That makes no sense; Lamar demanded a trade when he wasn’t traded, i doubt that Metta Loose Cannon would even consider coming back. Though i do agree he MUST be their amnesty player or maybe even Luke, but i think they should keep him until the very end of the deadline, i prefer having bad players who were good once, to players who have never been good.

    By bball genius on Feb 8, 2012

  6. They won’t use it on Luke Walton because he must have naked pictures of Kupchak or Phil Jackson’s girlfriend. something. He’s been a total bum from day one YET they continue to keep him on the roster because of his bum a– Father.

    By Fred on Feb 8, 2012

  7. i think that the lakers realy needs to trade luke walton rather than trading meta world peace because luke dose not even play so why is he still there he mis realy have pic of the lakers gm girl in the nude

    By jermaine on Feb 8, 2012

  8. They wont trade or amnesty Luke walton next year his contract will become trade bait since it will be the last year of his deal and teams looking to get under the new salary cap will be looking for those kinds of contracts. As for MWP they are smart to wait until the end of the season because they might need to take on Hedo’s contract if they make a trade for D12 and then use the amnesty on Hedo’s contract cause that is one stupid contract

    By Ben on Feb 8, 2012

  9. I really think they should get rid of world peace, fisher, and a few other players for iverson, wallace, some people that know how to play basketball. Maybe get that center from orlando to. Lakers are falling apart and they need desperately help now.

    By phmedalz on Feb 8, 2012

  10. This would be a good move. Amnestying a player means they still get paid – Artest would still be able to compete for a championship while earning his buck if he resigns iwth the lakers.

    By oinstoine on Feb 8, 2012

  11. Iverson? Really? Guy is a total waste these days. Wallace? He’s awful now.

    As to Luke Walton, his expiring contract will be a valuable commodity next year, that’s why they are keeping him.

    By Ryan Phillips on Feb 8, 2012

  12. I believe the lakers haven use the amnesty clause on Luke because his contract is already expiring when MWP has 2yrs left i think

    By Terry Wilson on Feb 9, 2012

  13. As long as they don’t amnesty World Peace in order to sign Gilbert Arenas. That to me would make no sense. Both are guys who benefited from their quickness, but are lacking in that department now. However, at least with MWP, they know what they are getting from him right now, with Arenas, no one knows what to expect. They need some young, athletic players to come in and contribute, just don’t know how they are going to be able to make it happen. http://www.nba-ball.com/2012/02/12/ricky-rubio-versus-jeremy-lin-was-a-treat/

    By James Clark on Feb 12, 2012

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