It seems that Dwight Howard is not the only player that will be leaving the Los Angeles Lakers this summer — the team will reportedly use the amnesty provision to waive Metta World Peace.
Sweet a guy as he is, @MettaWorldPeace will be waived via amnesty by Lakers to save about $30 million, barring some late change.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 8, 2013
While World Peace’s expiring salary is just $7.7 million the team is forced to pay the luxury tax, which is becoming increasingly punitive. As such, the Lakers will save a whole lot more money by getting rid of Metta’s contract.
It’s pretty much a certain that the Lakers will be tanking next season, especially with Metta now out of the picture as well. While he has slowed down in the last couple of years, he was still the team’s best perimeter defender last season (which says more about the Lakers abysmal defense than Metta himself). He arrived in LA in 2009 as Ron Artest and will be leaving in 2013 as Metta World Peace.
In a curious move, the Lakers have also signed free agent center Chris Kaman.