Lakers Mike D’Antoni Did Not Want Metta World Peace Amnestied

December 14, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) talks with Lakers head coach Mike D

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant expressed his frustration with Metta World Peace being amnestied and now head coach Mike D’Antoni has done the same.

Per Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said today the decision to amnesty Metta World Peace was purely financial and he wanted to keep the defensive small forward from Queensbridge.

“Obviously it’s a byproduct of the CBA,’’ D’Antoni told The Post today at the Las Vegas summer league at UNLV. “As a person and player, I couldn’t find anyone better. He’s great. I enjoyed coaching him. I hope he finds something great. He deserves it. It’s not the coaches. It’s management. They have to manage the cap.

The Lakers, well over the NBA salary cap are into the luxury tax and are paying a dollar for dollar duty on the amount they’re over, so amnestying World Peace off the books is the smart financial decision. How it translates onto the court though, remains to be seen.

NBA teams under the cap have 48 hours to make a bid on an amnestied player, which began last night at 5PM for World Peace.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Ron Artest

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