Lakers reportedly will waive Metta World Peace via amnesty provision

Metta World PeaceThe Los Angeles Lakers will waive Metta World Peace via the amnesty provision, Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register reports.

According to Ding, the move will happen “barring some late change.” Ding also says the move will save the Lakers $30 million.

World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the Lakers prior to the 2009 NBA season. World Peace was coming off an excellent season with the Houston Rockets and took less money to sign with the Lakers. The move paid off; the team won a championship in his first season.

Metta played significantly less minutes in the next two seasons after winning the title, but his minutes and numbers saw a boost under new coach Mike D’Antoni, in whose system he led the team in 3-pointers made and attempted.

Kobe Bryant seemed to confirm the move with this tweet:

World Peace turns 34 in November and dealt with a knee injury last season. The Lakers are rebuilding and must not feel it is worth bringing him back for the $7.7 million he is owed.

When a player is waived via the amnesty provision, his salary does not count against the salary cap or luxury tax. A team can claim the player off waivers for a reduced amount, and the team that waived the player would have to pay the difference in salary. If the players goes through waivers, the team that waived him is responsible for paying the entire salary. The player can then sign a contract with a new team for the veteran’s minimum.

Metta World Peace had no idea Dwight Howard signed with Rockets (Video)

Metta-World-PeaceDwight Howard announced he is signing with the Houston Rockets on Friday. Within minutes of his official decision, you would think anyone who has anything to do with the NBA would have known about it. Either Metta World Peace is just messing with people again, or it took him more than a day to hear the news.

On Saturday night, TMZ caught up with World Peace and asked him what he thought about Howard’s decision to leave LA. The Lakers forward acted like he had no idea, but we have to assume he was lying.

“He’s going to Houston,” World Peace asked. “I gotta call him tomorrow and see, I dunno. I dunno what he does, you know? When the season’s over I don’t even pay attention to basketball, so I don’t know what’s going on.

There’s just no possible way that’s true. Then again, World Peace has said some of the most insane stuff we have ever heard in the past, so maybe he was just on his own planet for 24 hours. On Sunday, he took to Twitter to rattle off some predictions for the upcoming season.

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Metta World Peace: Dwight Howard and Chris Paul not joining forces

Chris Paul Dwight HowardMetta World Peace says Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are not talking about joining the same NBA team, contrary to a published report.

On Friday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that Howard and Paul have been in consistent contact to discuss the possibility of becoming teammates next season. The two will be the biggest free agents on the market. Each player has the option of re-signing with their current teams, and they reportedly have tried to figure out which team could add both of them.

The Atlanta Hawks, who were recently fined for tampering by sending out a letter to prospective ticket buyers saying that Howard and Paul were possibilities for the team, were mentioned as a team that could add both players. But the report stated that CP3, despite being upset with team owner Donald Sterling last month, wants to remain with the Clippers, and would like to have Howard join him. The only way Howard could go to the Clippers would be through a sign-and-trade deal, which the team believes is unlikely.

Apparently none of this matters, because World Peace says the two are not going to team up anyhow. Metta made his comments on “Jay Mohr Sports” on FOX Sports Radio, which was guest hosted by Ben Maller and Kirk Morrison on Friday.

“It’s not true,” World Peace said of the report. “I spoke to both of them. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were just in the Bahamas doing the Macarena together. They actually don’t want to play together. That’s it. They’re not playing together.

“Those guys, they’re competitors. They don’t want to play on the same team. They don’t need a super team; all they need is themselves.”

I actually would not dispute the ESPN report that says the two have discussed the possibility of playing together. That’s something the two reportedly have been discussing since 2011. Even if the two would like to play together, the likelihood of that happening is small. Unless they took the bold step of going to a team like Atlanta, such a pairing would be difficult because of salary cap situations. I just don’t see CP3 and Howard both leaving their respective teams in LA for Atlanta or anywhere else. I’m very confident both players re-sign with their current teams.

Metta World Peace thinks Steve Curry can be MVP

Stephen-Curry-WarriorsNow that the Los Angeles Lakers have been eliminated from the playoffs, Metta World Peace has spent a lot of time on Twitter providing analysis of the remaining NBA teams and players. On Wednesday night, World Peace made it a point to praise Stephen Curry following Curry’s 22-point performance in the Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

In fact, MWP even decided to give Curry a new nickname.

“I think Steve Curry is Top 10 in the NBA,” he wrote. “If he works on his defense, he will be MVP next year. LeBron (James) gets MVP because he is the best player on the best team. If Golden State improves and wins, Curry is a potential MVP for 2014.”

World Peace actually made some very solid points. Curry has been lighting up the playoffs. He led the Warriors to a series win over the Denver Nuggets by dropping 24.3 points per game. He scored a whopping 44 in a Game 1 loss to the Spurs and 22 on Wednesday night. And he’s only 25. I don’t know about 2014 MVP, but he’s certainly on the rise.

However, we should point out that his name is Steph Curry, and his first name is pronounced “Steffen,” not “Steven.” Warriors guard Jarrett Jack took the liberty of reminding everyone of that.

Jack just can’t stop assaulting World Peace, huh? First this ridiculous crossover at the end of the regular season and now he’s the name police. Give the man a break.

Metta World Peace’s son selling Dwight Howard jersey to buy new sneakers?


The Los Angeles Lakers’ season has come to a close in disappointing fashion, and it appears that Metta World Peace’s son is reacting accordingly. Early Tuesday morning, World Peace posted a photo of a collection of stuff that he claimed his son is selling because he wants to buy a pair of $8,500 sneakers.

“My son is trying to sell all this for a pair of shoes! $8,500″ World Peace wrote along with the photo you see above. “I told him to get a job. This kid is nuts!”

Included are some basics that a kid who is looking to make a buck would try to sell — a keyboard, a guitar, some shoes. Oh yeah, and it also appears his Dwight Howard jersey has been thrown into the mix.

Howard recently hinted that he is planning to stay in LA, but World Peace’s son is not going to wait around to find out. If MWP is telling the truth, that No. 12 Los Lakers jersey is on the market. Hey, at least he’s not burning it.

Metta World Peace compares Jason Collins coming out to his decision to wear Cookie Monster attire


As reaction to Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay continues to pour in, it is no surprise that Metta World Peace has already provided some of the most bizarre comments. Rather than taking any topic too seriously, World Peace decided to bring Sesame Street characters into the mix.

As Beto Duran shared with us on Instagram, World Peace was proudly sporting a Cookie Monster shirt when asked for his thoughts on Collins. His apparel had a lot to do with his answer.

“Whether it’s a free country or not, you should be free to act as you want to do as long as it’s not violent,” he said, via Mark Medina of the LA Daily News. “No matter what it is. I came here in a Cookie Monster shirt because I wanted to, and I was going to wear the pants. But I thought you guys were going to judge me. I was going to wear the hat too. But I thought you guys would judge me. I didn’t want Mitch [Kupchak] to judge me. So that’s why I didn’t wear the hats and the pants. But I should’ve wore it. You should be free to do and act how you want to act.”

Coming out as gay is a bit more life-altering than deciding whether or not to wear Cookie Monster pants, but World Peace’s reaction was pretty entertaining. At least his opinion was nothing like the one Mike Wallace briefly shared on Monday afternoon.

Metta World Peace tweets pictures of the nasty fluid drained from his knee


Metta World Peace missed less than two weeks of action with the Los Angeles Lakers after undergoing knee surgery, so you can understand why he is not playing at full strength. On Friday, he underwent a minor knee-draining procedure that should help alleviate some of the pain he has been dealing with as a result of a Baker’s cyst.

He just didn’t need to show us the aftermath.

World peace tweeted a photo of a needle filled with the fluid that was taken out of his knee. For those of you who need a better visual, he also shared a closeup:

The Lakers need all the help they can get as they head into Game 3 on Saturday night trailing the San Antonio Spurs 2-0 in their playoff series. Kobe Bryant ain’t walking through that door any time soon, so hopefully World Peace’s orangish fluid-less knee will give LA a boost.