Rumblings began in late August saying the Lakers were interested in bringing back World Peace to be a veteran mentor in the young locker room (especially to Julius Randle). About a month later, Los Angeles signed him to a non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum deal, and now the 35-year-old has made the team.
World Peace didn’t play in the NBA last season, and he wasn’t effective in 2013-14 with the New York Knicks or this preseason in Los Angeles. He shot just 27.3 percent overall and 11.1 percent from three in the preseason, so there’s little reason to expect him to provide much on the floor other than some hard-nosed defense.
But again, the Lakers didn’t bring in World Peace to make a huge impact on the court. He’s there to provide some leadership, and that’s why he’s on the roster over the 22-year-old Brown, who showed some flashes of competence with the Lakers last season.