The Lakers are bringing back Metta World Peace – again.
One year after the player formerly known as Ron Artest returned to the Lakers after sitting out a season, two people with knowledge of the situation said he is finalizing yet another agreement. The contract, which has yet to be signed and will likely have little, if any, guaranteed money, is expected to be for one year. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
World Peace, who played 35 games last season while serving as a positive locker room presence for the Lakers’ younger players, has been outspoken about the fact that he’s still capable of being productive at the NBA level. In 16 seasons, he has averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. The Lakers, who head into this season without Kobe Bryant for the first time since 1995, went just 17-65 last season before firing head coach Byron Scott and hiring former Lakers player and Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton in his place during the summer.