Lakers Make Moves: Add Kaman, Drop Metta World Peace

Chris Kaman

Chris Kaman

The Los Angeles Lakers have finally made some moves in response to the loss of Dwight Howard.  Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman signed a very modest one-year deal with the Lakers, while the Lakers also used the amnesty clause on small forward Metta World Peace (MWP).  The Kaman signing was surprising in that the size of the contract was so small.  With the Miami Heat in dire need of a true center, it seems like if Kaman was going to take a pay cut, the Miami Heat may have been the most ideal destination for the former All-Star, though Kaman may wish to play in an environment that allows him to post numbers that warrant a long-term deal at a higher rate, something his stint in Dallas did not allow.  The loss of MWP was expected given the luxury tax penalty the Lakers would have been paying, but the Lakers might have been able to use MWP’s expiring contract as trade piece as the trade deadline approached.  It seems the Lakers are not quite resigned to entering the lottery, though given that the actually get to keep next seasons’ draft pick, it might be in their best interest to enter the Andrew Wiggins lottery whilst at the same time clearing some cap space. 

Metta World Peace will not be returning to the Lakers next year, but they will be paying him.

Metta World Peace will not be returning to the Lakers next year, but they will be paying him.

 

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