Lakers waive forward Metta World Peace
JUL 11, 2013 4:49p ET
When Dwight Howard bolted for Houston last week as a free agent, it ensured a roster spot for Pau Gasol but immediately put World Peace, 33, in jeopardy.
Mitch Called me first.. Thanks— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 11, 2013
"It'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 who's had the opportunity to get to know him, it's impossible not to love him," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak in a statement.
"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."
I'm going to play for Yao Mings team in china! I can't wait to arrive in Shanghai !!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 11, 2013
Teams that are under the salary cap will be able to submit an undisclosed bid to the NBA to acquire World Peace. If the highest bidder offers $3 million, he goes to that team next season and the Lakers use that money to offset the $7.7 million they still owe him.
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.