The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed Metta World Peace on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract and he is set to join up with the team at training camp, according to ESPN.
The veteran has been out of the NBA for a year but prior to a spell with the New York Knicks, he established himself as a fans favourite with plays like this.
The 35-year-old will become the 19th player to be assigned to the roster, which is four more than the regular-season maximum. As a result, the veteran will face a fight to be included in their squad after pre-season concludes.
“I think he’d be great in the locker room with young players,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Thursday, as reported by ESPN.
“But we have to be careful not to use a roster spot too early because we have a lot of young kids.”
It is reported by the media outlet that World Peace has been particularly impressive with helping Lakers forward Julius Randle improve his game, as the seventh overall Draft pick in 2014 continues to work his way back after suffering a broken leg in his NBA debut last season.
World Peace played four seasons with the Lakers and averaged 9.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. However, he will be widely remembered for the crucial role he played against the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals as he helped his team go on and win another championship.
The Lakers used the amnesty clause on him after the 2012/13 season, but the franchise will now hope he can help play a key role in developing the youngster talents at the Staples Center while bringing his experience and knowledge to practice.