Metta World Peace needs to find a new home. The Los Angeles Lakers amnestied World Peace a few days ago and now a team has a chance to claim him.
World Peace has said that he is contemplating retirement and has been, unsurprisingly, unclear as to what exactly he wants to do with his future.
There is a chance that World Peace would want to play for a contender next season. The Oklahoma City Thunder may be on World Peace’s short list.
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. With the Nets’ signing of small forward Andrei Kirilenko on Wednesday, however, there is no longer a need for a quality backup behind small forward Paul Pierce in Brooklyn. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process.
World Peace in Oklahoma City makes little to no sense. He would essentially be a back up to Kevin Durant, which is someone that would only play a few minutes per game and a role that should go to Perry Jones next season.
The Thunder already have a World Peace type in Kendrick Perkins and adding another to the roster just doesn’t seem necessary.
The Thunder would only want to offer World Peace the veteran’s minimum to, which would be about $1.4 million per year. The Lakers would still be paying the rest of his salary. But even $1.4 million would put the Thunder into the luxury tax.
It’s great that World Peace wants to go to a contender, and that the Thunder are one of the teams he’s interested in, but OKC isn’t interested and this won’t and shouldn’t happen.