Amnestied Metta World Peace: ‘I want to go to China or coach or play arena football’
One day after officially being waived by the Lakers via the amnesty clause, Metta World Peace told reporters in Los Angeles that he doesn’t “really want to play for anybody.”
“I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football,” he said Friday at the Lakers’ practice facility.
World Peace has seriously explored the option of playing in China after talking to several former NBA players who have played there, according to ESPN LosAngeles’ Dave McMenamin.
From the report:
“You don’t live twice,” World Peace said. “You’re not 33 twice. You won’t be able to play in China at a good level again. I wouldn’t be able to play in China again averaging, maybe, 40 or more points. That would be fun.”
The 33-year-old is still owed $7.7 million by the Lakers next season, but if he chooses to retire rather than report to the team that wins the bidding for him, he would “put his entire salary at risk,” according to the report.
If World Peace — who averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds last season — clears waivers after the 48-hour period, he will be free to sign with any team, but may only be interested in the Clippers.
From the report:
Jose Morales, a longtime friend and confidant of World Peace, told ESPNNewYork.com earlier this week that the veteran small forward would consider retirement if a team claimed him from a city for which he did not want to play.
“If one of these small-market teams picks him up, he won’t be happy with that,” Morales said. “He doesn’t want to play there.”
Morales said World Peace would be open to playing for the Clippers, but if he can’t stay in Los Angeles, he would want to play only in New York.
World Peace, however, said the ship has sailed on playing in his hometown.
“I had a chance to play in New York [in the past],” World Peace said. “I wanted to play in New York when I was in my prime and I was young, fierce, lock-down [defender]. Madison Square Garden, that would have been sick. But right now, China is way more adventurous for me.”