The rumblings were out there that Metta World Peace was close to returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, and now it’s going to happen, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says the veteran forward will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed deal to return to the team.
World Peace, 35, has been working out with the Lakers this offseason and has played the role of mentor for young big man Julius Randle. Woj says World Peace is expected to make the final roster and play a role off the bench, in addition to being a “veteran extension of coach Byron Scott” in the locker room.
World Peace hasn’t played in the NBA since a short stint with the New York Knicks in the 2013-14 season. He played in just 29 games that year before being waived, and he played overseas last year in China and Italy.
World Peace previously played four seasons with the Lakers, helping them win a championship in 2010. He was amnestied after the 2012-13 season.