Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Wednesday that the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal to bring back forward Metta World Peace.
World Peace spent last season with the Lakers after making the final roster out of training camp despite having signed an non-guaranteed contract. Charania reports that the Lakers liked the impact the 36-year-old veteran was able to make on some of the team’s younger players with his mentoring and worth ethic at practice.
World Peace appeared in just 35 games for the Lakers last season, including five starts, and averaged five points and 2.5 rebounds.
This will be his 17th season in the NBA after being selected 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1999. He has also spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.
World Peace helped the Lakers to a championship in his first season with the team back in 2010. For his career, he has averaged 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while serving as one of the NBA’s premiere lock-down wing defenders during his prime years. He was named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year while with the Pacers in 2004. World Peace has also made two All-Defensive First Teams, two All-Defensive Second Teams and was named to the All-Star Game in 2004.
Charania also reported Wednesday that the Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with power forward Thomas Robinson. The 25-year-old has bounced around during his four NBA seasons, having already played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Kings and Rockets. He came on strong toward the end of his lone season with the Nets in 2015-2016, averaging 13.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in seven games last April.
The Lakers currently have 14 guaranteed contracts on the books for the upcoming season.