After four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, one in which he won a championship, Metta World Peace has been waived by the franchise via the amnesty clause.
According to ESPN.com, the Lakers officially parted ways with World Peace on Thursday night (July 11), using amnesty, to save around $14 million in luxury tax the team was slated to pay.
“It’s 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,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release. “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.”
Metta is still due a $7.7 million salary from the Lakers for next season, but he is now able to sign with another team.
Shortly after the Lakers made the announcement, World Peace took to Twitter to thank Kupchak for calling him and giving him the news first, and then, had some fun on where he’d play next.
“I’m retiring and playing hockey,” he tweeted (@MettaWorldPeace). “I”m playing for the LA Kings.”