Despite an underwhelming season both individually and as a team, the Los Angeles Lakers and Metta World Peace have reached an agreement for the enigmatic figure to return.
Metta World Peace has reached agreement on a deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 21, 2016
Last season, World Peace saw an unexpectedly large role with the Lakers, playing in 35 games at an average of 16.9 minutes per night. The 16-year veteran averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game, shooting 31.1% from the field, 31% from the three-point line and 70.2% from the free throw line.
At this point in his career, MWP is likely best-served as a veteran mentor for players like Julius Randle, Larry Nance and even newly-drafted Brandon Ingram. For the Lakers, having players like Luol Deng and MWP as mentors for a rather young team is a great move.