According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers are considering signing Metta World Peace. The veteran small forward played for the team from 2009 to 2013, and he helped bring the 2010 NBA championship to Los Angeles.
From Wojnarowski’s report:
No deal has been agreed upon, but there have been talks between the Lakers and World Peace’s representatives, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There are varying degrees of interest within the Lakers organization about bringing him back to the franchise at 35 years old, although the idea has been met with enthusiasm from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, league sources told Yahoo Sports.The Lakers would likely be interested in his ability to display defensive skills to the team’s young players. Among those young players is Julius Randle, the forward who was a lottery pick last year but missed almost his entire rookie season with a broken leg. World Peace worked out with Randle over the summer and reportedly was impressed with the Kentucky product.
“They were bumping and grinding,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News in July. “It was kind of fun to watch. Metta is the old wily vet and you have this young bull. Every now and then, Metta got the best of him. But when he hit Metta, Metta bounced off of him.”