Metta World Peace wants to play six more seasons

Metta World Peace plans on playing six more seasons

6/6/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Metta World Peace wants to play six more seasonsLos Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is a 14-year NBA veteran, but he doesn't believe he's anywhere near calling it quits on his professional career. Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles reported Thursday that World Peace "plans on playing 20 (seasons) before retiring." That would put World Peace at 39 years old during his final NBA season - a feat that was actually accomplished by a few players this season, such as Jason Kidd and Grant Hill.

World Peace is nowhere near the player he was back when he went by the name of Ron Artest, but he did have a nice resurgence in productivity this past season. World Peace posted per game averages of 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 2012-13. His scoring and rebounding numbers were the highest since his age 29 season in 2008-09, and he averaged his most steals since 2007-08.

While there is no reason to believe that his numbers will continue to trend upwards, his pleasantly surprising season does suggest that he has more left in the tank than most people thought. He currently has a one-year option with the Lakers worth $7.7 million, but the thought is that he could get a two-year deal with a higher annual salary if he opts out and tests the open market.

While he's no longer one of the premier two-way players in the game, World Peace can still contribute in a number of ways. With his championship experience and tenacious defense, he'll certainly have a place in the NBA over the next few seasons. It's hard to envision him being able to play at an effective level for six more years, but after his significant improvement at age 33, it can't be ruled out as a possibility.
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6/7/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

six more?