Posted July 09, 2013

Lakers will use amnesty provision on Metta World Peace, according to report

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The Lakers will reportedly waive Metta World Peace via the amnesty provision. (Cameron Browne/Getty Images)

The Lakers will reportedly waive Metta World Peace via the amnesty provision. (Cameron Browne/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers will cut forward Metta World Peace using their amnesty provision, the Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding reported Monday.

The move will provide the Lakers with about $30 million in salary and luxury tax savings, according to Ding. World Peace is owed about $7.7 million next season, the last on an expiring contract.

The 33-year-old World Peace averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season in 33.7 minutes. He underwent meniscus surgery late in the season. He returned in time for the Lakers’ playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, but clearly was not the same player. He sat out Game 4 of that series and watched the Lakers get swept in a 21-point loss.

World Peace leaves undoubtedly in part as a result of the Lakers missing out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes in free agency. Without World Peace, the Lakers have a significant void to fill at the small forward position.

Before the Lakers’ tumultuous season, World Peace said that he wanted the team to go 73-9.

World Peace has spent the last four seasons with the Lakers, helping the team win the 2010 NBA championship.

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28 comments
Lin
Lin

From basketball and business stand of point, Lakers should amnesty Kobe instead. The reality is that they will miss the playoff next season with or without Kobe. Safe the money and plan for the future would be the smart move, albeit, a rather heartless one.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

He's too sexy for his cat. He'll be ok. 

Sol_Jung
Sol_Jung

I understand amnestying Metta would save around $30 million. If we would have used it amnesty provision on Pau, it would have saved Lakers about $50 million. If used on Kobe, it would have saved $80 million.

But here's my question. Metta, Paul, and Kobe's contracts are all up after this year. Why not just let Metta play this season out? I mean, who else do they have at the SF position who is going to average what Metta averaged (12 points, 5 rebs, 1.5 assts)?

Even w/ signing Kaman, I am not even sure if Lakers have more than 10 players going into next season?

6marK6
6marK6

C-Kamen

PF-Gasol

SF- Nobody

SG-Kobe

PG- Nash

rjr1110
rjr1110

poor little pink bunny (MWP), What's a thug to do?

As far as the Lakers go, getting rid of Howard is a good thing, but you're right dj68. It'll be interesting to see what they do. Like the Yankees, "down" seasons are not tolerated.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Sad to say, but the downfall of the Lakers continues. They better have a heck of a plan in place after next season. I guess they are trying to free up cap space to try to get LeBron and/or Melo. As long as Kobe is still there, you can't have those three egos on the same team unless it's the Olympics. 

AndrewJones
AndrewJones

How do they save $30million on a $7.7million salary?

KF1
KF1

LOL i still remember that 73-9 prediction from MWP

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

Should have amnestied Kobe to save even more, then brought him back on something more reasonable. He's not a 30MM a year player any longer. 

es
es

@Sol_Jung

Question of the day: "But here's my question. Metta, Paul, and Kobe's contracts are all up after this year. WHY NOT JUST LET METTA PLAY THIS SEASON OUT?"

a few reasons...

Reason #1:   $1

Reason #2     2nd $1 

Reason #3:  3rd $1

..

..

Reason 29,999,999..........

Summary: $30 MILLION is 30 Million!

 

 

geewhiz
geewhiz

@doublejtrain68 There is really nothing sad about it.  If any franchise is due for some down years..its them.

Hampton180
Hampton180

@doublejtrain68 I dont think any of the possible big name free agent options are worthy unless LeBron opts out (Which he wont).  It's all about the class of 2015, young up and comers who by then may have proven themselves even more.

Sol_Jung
Sol_Jung

@AndrewJones Mostly the "$30 Million" they are talking about is regarding the "Luxury Tax"

slackfoomaster
slackfoomaster

@BlackSession1 If they amnestie kobe this year they cant resign him to any kinf a position on the lakers team for 2 to 4 years I think...not sure but they set it up so a team cant amnestie a player and the resign that same player at a lower cost....check out the rules on this....

mannythegoat
mannythegoat

@BlackSession1 

More goes into "deserving" a salary than on court production. The Lakers are still "The Lakers" because Kobe's on the roster. They matter because Kobe is still on the roster. Injured or not. 

cjsamms
cjsamms

@BlackSession1They changed that rule a couple of years ago. You can't re-sign an amnestied player. And if they were to amnesty Kobe, you can bet he'd do everything in his power  to make sure he stuck it to the Lakers every time they meet. Besides that, his huge salary comes off the books next year anyway. So that ain't going to happen.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@BlackSession1   No, he isn't.  I'm not  Kobe fan at all, or a Lakers fan either.  None of these guys are worth their contracts but in context of this day and age, Kobe has created/provided more money to the Lakers than he's received from them.  I don't have the exact figures but articles have been written over the years about the returns these teams get from their superstars and suffice it to say, they have the money to pay them $30 million a year because they have that and more in their coffers due to these guys.  But no, Kobe isn't worth anywhere near $30 million in context of his production and others who production is around his level and receive so much less compensation.

es
es

@cjsamms@BlackSession1

"you can bet he'd do everything in his power  to make sure he stuck it to the Lakers every time they meet."

Like what?

Double park in the Handicapped spot?

GTFO!

Kobeball is what other teams use to beat the Lakers!*

*Kobe ball - both an offense AND a defense, it locks down the other 4 players and leaves Kobe free to shoot. shoot shoot. The other team then corrals the rebound while Kobe glares at the Ref, mouths the word f..a....g.... then jogs back to half court in time to see the other team score

OR

When teams triple team Kobe, leaving his teammates open underneath the basket or cutting through the lane.

As the other team corrals the rebound, they race past Kobe glaring at the Ref while touching a spot on his shooting elbow, wrist or panties.

Yeah, Kobe...stick it to 'em!!

DespicableU
DespicableU

@Sportsfan18 @BlackSession1 Players like Kobe don't have their contracts based JUST on production alone so your explanation of how he brings in more money than just what he does on the court warrants a 30 mil a year paycheck. Guys who have close to the same production in terms of numbers don't sell jerseys, hats, seats, etc.