Metta World Peace Waived By the Los Angeles Lakers

by July 11, 2013
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As expected, the Lakers amnestied Metta World Peace today. The team bid farewell to the fan favorite on its website: “The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Metta World Peace and have designated him as the teamโ€™s amnesty player as allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. ‘Itโ€™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 whoโ€™s had the opportunity to get to know him, itโ€™s impossible not to love him,’ said Kupchak. ‘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.’ A 14-year NBA veteran, World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season. Prior to joining the Lakers in 2009, he played with the Rockets, Kings, Pacers and Bulls, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the course of his career.”