In a move that has been anticipated since early this week, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to use the amnesty clause in the collective bargaining agreement and waive veteran forward Metta World Peace. The team officially announced the news on Thursday evening.
“It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons. For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.
“He has made many contributions to this organization, both in his community work as well as in our games; perhaps no more so than in his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals in helping to lead us over the Celtics in one of the greatest playoff wins in Lakers history. We thank Metta for all his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
There are reports that Metta World Peace could look to retire after being released, but there will be plenty of teams on the open market looking for a perimeter defender.
Once team to watch out for in the World Peace sweep is the New York Knicks.