Unless anything changes, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to release forward Metta World Peace via the amnesty clause, in order to relieve the burden of the punitive luxury tax. Meanwhile, after signing Kevin Martin, the Minnesota Timberwolves will be losing last season’s starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko. But, at least at the moment, the Timberwolves are not interested in Metta’s services.
Considering the fact that Metta is going to get paid by the Lakers anyway, perhaps he wouldn’t look for as much money in free agency, especially considering that he is 33.
Metta has admittedly slowed down in the last couple of years, but is still a decent defender, and with the Wolves committing to Martin, the team will need all the defensive help they can get.
Nikola Pekovic is expected to stay with the Timberwolves and the team has offered the restricted free agent a contract, giving him a significant raise. The Wolves have also signed Martin and Chase Budinger, so they seem committed to improving the roster for playoff contention next season. Either way, Metta doesn’t seem to be in the Wolves’ plans, despite them being in need of a similar type of a player.