The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Metta World Peace on Thursday under the NBA’s amnesty provision.
“Its 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 general manager Mitch 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.”
World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season.
A 14-year NBA veteran, World Peace joined the Lakers in 2009, he played for the Rockets, Kings, Pacers and Bulls before that, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the course of his career.
Mitch Called me first.. Thanks
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 11, 2013
I’m retiring and playing hockey
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 12, 2013