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NBA Free Agency: Lakers Interested in Metta World Peace, Jazz Sign Jeff Withey

Could World Peace be coming back to Los Angeles? Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Los Angeles Lakers are considering bringing in Metta World Peace on a one-year contract.

While there’s no deal as of now, the Lakers have talked with World Peace’s representatives, and the 35-year-old has been working out at the team’s practice facility this summer. Woj says there are “varying degrees of interest” within the organization when it comes to signing World Peace, but Kobe Bryant is enthusiastic about the possibility.

World Peace last played in the NBA in the 2013-14 season with the New York Knicks. He appeared in 29 games that season and averaged 4.8 points in 13.4 minutes per game before being waived. The veteran played last season in China and Italy.

World Peace played for the Lakers from 2009-2013 and helped them win the title in 2010. He was amnestied in 2013.

Who knows if World Peace has anything left in the tank, but at the very least, it’d be entertaining to see him back in Hollywood with some of the other personalities on that roster.

In other free agency news, the Utah Jazz announced the signing of center Jeff Withey to a multi-year deal. Woj first reported the deal and said the second year is a team option, while Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports $200,000 of the deal is guaranteed.

Withey was the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft after playing college ball at Kansas. The 7-footer was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers and then dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal that sent Robin Lopez to Portland.

Withey didn’t play much with the Pelicans, and now the 25-year-old will try to make a Jazz squad that already has six guaranteed deals handed out to big men.

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