Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  24 responses

Metta World Peace Seeking a Contract Extension from the Lakers

In what would be an inexplicable, yet very Metta-esque career move, World Peace says he may shred his current deal with the Lakers and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. MWP seems to think this would help him stick around Los Angeles a while longer, through a contract extension. Per NBA.com: “World Peace has a player option for 2013-14, the final year of his contract, at $7.7 million. He said his agent, Marc Cornstein, will approach the Lakers about an extension, but that will be a very short conversation unless the 33-year-old small forward is willing to take a severe pay cut. And it may be short no matter what. If World Peace does not terminate the deal, he immediately becomes a candidate to be cut under the amnesty provision. If he does terminate, likely (one would hope) after conversations with team officials to gauge the chances of getting more years at a lot less money annually, it is nearly impossible to imagine the Lakers committing more than two seasons on a new deal to maintain the possible cap room in the summer of 2014. The choice for World Peace could be to risk free agency in what figures to be a cold market in 2013 or keep the final season of the contract in place at the $7.7 million and possibly have his Lakers career end before he wants. He could also stay in the deal and be traded as an expiring contract to an undesirable destination. ‘I think my agent is trying to see if he can get an extension to stay here in L.A.,’ World Peace told NBA.com. ‘I’m really excited about the possibilities of staying here in L.A.’”

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  • playa

    God help us !!

  • Ugh

    The way he’s been playing the last two years he doesn’t deserve one.

  • Drig

    Not an effing chance.

  • BurgerKing

    1 year for $300,000 seems like a fair extension..

  • LakeShow

    Minimum wage earned in game time only.

  • LP

    I think its smart tho…trying to lock up the next few years of his career so he can retire a LAKER and make the same amount Orrrrrr get amnestied, make $7 M but have a cold market and eventually have to sign with some non contender and sit the bench like Corey Magette…he knows he aint worth $h*T…Cut Your Losses 101.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    A lot of harsh comments here, but if you’ve watched the Lakers, like I have this season, all game but one, he is the only one I’ve seen go out and play every game like its his last. He usually picks someones pocket and takes it coast to coast at least once a game. He’s tough, rebounds, uses his size in the post, hustles… Of course he’ll have his off-shooting nights, but that’s our shit team needing him to hoist 10-15 shots a game while everyones injured and not playing hard.

  • keyon dooling

    the $7.7 million scapegoat

  • bike

    Take whatever LA offers (mucho less $) you MWP and be happy with it. You ain’t getting any younger and you ain’t getting any better.

  • roscoe

    LAL authority “LakeShow” hating on MWP? huh? really?
    no mas MWP in purple & yellow?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I’d be happy if I never had to never again see MWP attempting to clumsily run a fast break and ultimately forcing up a shot to assert his presence.

  • LakeShow

    Naw. I love him. He just ain’t worth much…

  • KingBenjamin

    I hope his sorry ass leaves LA, I went to a lakers game early to watch players warm up and he was missing layups, just hate watching him play for my lakers, takes the dumbest shots in the world and on top of that thinks he’s a shooter, not to mention the bonehead plays he makes every game. Bring back Ariza, Ron get out of LA, you won’t get a starting job anywhere else in the L.

  • roscoe

    Ah.. okay I see… you’re a bargain shopper. I dig that.

  • Fabrizio

    It would be cool if the Lakers told him to opt out and dont sign him back ;)

  • keith

    He can’t even hit an open shot.He’s done.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    Why is he still getting paid to be in the NBA?

  • Drig

    Meniscus Tear……LA can’t get a break to go their way. FCK!

  • cat daddy

    It’s time to part ways a long time ago!

  • Joe Ruelas

    Keep Metta he’s a good D-Fensive minded player

  • Berong9

    MWP should show not just wih the Lakers but the whole nba how valuable he is to any franchise. C’mon work it MWP!

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    Earl Clark deserves better

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Kaufman/1636581888 Robert Kaufman

    The analysis is right on. MWP is the best defender on a team that sorely needs defense. BUT, he is not worth $7+ Million or anything close to it at his age. Now, if he would take three years at $3.5 Million/year, then I’d be interested. I suggest the Lakers tell him how welcome back he would be at the right price, make him the offer I suggested, and let him turn it down and go free agent. I’ll bet he is offered nothing better, and we get him back at the right price.

  • G. Money

    Dude…the only contract extension he’ll get, is the first thing extending him out of town…for good.