Metta World Peace has been amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers
Due to fiscal reasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have amnestied small forward Metta World Peace. The Lakers are way over the luxury tax and shedding World Peace’s contract was an extremely cost effective move. However, the Lakers will now have to replace their starting small forward spot, just as they have replaced their starting center position.
"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," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "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."
In all likelihood, Metta will not retire, but it is highly unlikely that he will choose to play for a team that is still in the re-building phase. New York City anyone?