WARNING: This has been reported by one VERY reputable person on Twitter, but we all know how reliable Twitter is lately.
Whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers will amnesty Metta World Peace has been a huge point of contention for over a year now. He’s owed $7.7 million this year, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a person who thinks he’s worth the money.
Noted Lakers reporter Kevin Ding of the OC Register tweeted:
Sweet a guy as he is, @MettaWorldPeace will be waived via amnesty by Lakers to save about $30 million, barring some late change.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 8, 2013
However, this was tweeted around 1pm, which was also when the news of Chris Kaman signing broke, so that might be the “late change” that Metta needed since the Lakers used their mini mid-level on a big man and not a perimeter player.
There’s no denying that Metta still has value on this team, especially with Dwight Howard’s defensive presence gone, but it’s hard to rationalize that price tag.