April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) controls the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks Not Interested In Metta World Peace

The Dallas Mavericks won’t be pursuing Metta World Peace after he was amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers. Once upon a time, Metta World Peace was an all star for the Indiana Pacers as Ron Artest under coach Rick Carlisle.

Carlisle is currently the Dallas Mavericks head coach. But the Mavericks have more glaring holes in their roster than the small forward position and are focused on acquiring a center with their limited cap space.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

According to a source, the Mavs don’t intend to enter a bid for World Peace during the amnesty waivers process. The Los Angeles Lakers used the amnesty clause to waive World Peace yesterday.

The Mavs have approximately $8.2 million in salary-cap space and intend to use it to address their glaring void at center. They don’t want to commit any more money for a small forward, a position of strength with Shawn Marion as the starter and Vince Carter coming off the bench.

The Mavs met with center Samuel Dalembert on Thursday. They are also one of three teams considered the top candidates to land comeback-making former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, joining the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

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