The Los Angeles Lakers decided to use the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace in order to somewhat relieve the luxury tax burden. With MWP now up for grabs, the Los Angeles Clippers seems to be his preferred destination.
A person with knowledge of World Peace’s situation told USA TODAY Sports that he now has the Los Angeles Clippers atop his list of possible destinations. The Queensbridge, N.Y. native previously had his hometown New York Knicks as his preferred choice his list of favorites, but he is now said to be more interested in joining the new-look Clippers while being able to avoid relocating. Both teams appear to have interest in adding World Peace, but would only be able to offer him a veteran’s minimum contract of $1.4 million annually.
His list is also known to include – in order of favorites – the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers.
It’s pretty clear that MWP only wants to go to a top-tier roster that is capable of title contention. The Clippers is obviously the most convenient option, as he would not have to relocate and would join a team that has made great strides in the offseason.
Pretty much every other team on that list also makes sense — other than perhaps the Nets, who just added Andrei Kirilenko to the roster — as most title contenders wouldn’t mind adding a decent perimeter defender such as Metta to their depth chart.