Metta World Peace’s second stint with the Lakers has been full of great quotes, mentoring, and a display of his love of basketball. However, World Peace did not manage to get significant playing time in his time with the team, tying up a roster spot for the past two seasons.
In what seemed to be his last game in STAPLES Center, World Peace turned the clock back to score 18 points in a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. World Peace was cheered every time he touched the ball, giving him an appropriate send-off.
Today in annual exit interviews, World Peace let it be known that he will most likely not be in a Laker uniform next season.
Metta World Peace said Magic told him that they really appreciated what he did this year, but probably wouldn’t bring him back next season.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 13, 2017
World Peace has been more of a player-coach this year, with the team prioritizing his mentorship over playing time. Coach Luke Walton had much praise for his former teammate and mentioned how great he has been for the team this year.
All signs are pointing to the team moving on from World Peace, so an open roster spot will be valuable for the rebuilding Lakers. With a team having as long of a way to go as Los Angeles does, having the flexibility to analyze and try out different players would be helpful.
As it seems Metta World Peace has played his last game as a Laker, we can thank him for his time with the team and the unforgettable moments he gave us as fans. We wish Metta, Ron Ron, and the Panda’s Friend the best of luck in whatever he decides to venture into.