Metta World Peace will risk amnesty and opt in to his Lakers contract

6/25/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Apr 24, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) arrives before game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY SportsMetta World Peace did not opt out of his $7.7 million contract for the 2013-14 season, which means the Los Angeles Lakers have got another large salary to worry about.

The forward had until today to opt out, and believe it or not, he sounded like he was going to for a little while. MWP was talking about possibly getting a multi-year deal instead of just the big one-year payday.

That makes no sense though when he doesn’t know what he’ll get on the market, but it’s certain that he won’t get anything close to $7.7 million.

Keeping World Peace will cost the Lakers nearly $30 million because of the luxury tax, so he goes from being a marginal player with a sizeable paycheck to costing the organization the same as a superstar.

The amnesty clause will allow MWP to get his salary, but it won’t hurt the Lakers when it comes to taxes. However, once they use their amnesty clause, that’s it.

While he occasionally shows up big, the NBA veteran is unpredictable on offense, however, if the Lakers don’t end up signing Dwight Howard, then they’ll need World Peace’s defensive skills (especially with Kobe Bryant coming off his Achilles injury).

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6/25/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Just get rid of him and move on!!!