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Why Laker Fans Should Worry About Metta World Peace's Offseason Plans

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 11, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers face a tough offseason decision as it relates to small forward Metta World Peace. But MWP may have just made the decision easier for general manager Mitch Kupchak.

World Peace is set to make his acting debut in a movie adaptation of Nancy Grace's first novel, The Eleventh Victim, set to premiere in the fall on Lifetime Movie Network.

While that's good news for MWP, it's bad news for the Lakers. Most Lakers fans know that, when he's not entirely focused on basketball, he's not nearly the same player that fans have seen for most of his career.

He's clearly not a player who can juggle multiple things. Too often, things get in the way of what should be priority one, and that's basketball and winning a championship.

World Peace struggled early this season due to admittedly being out of shape for the first half of the season. What are the chances that that happens again now that he will have other things to focus on?

World Peace could be a candidate for Kupchak to use the amnesty clause on, and that option may be looking better by the day.

He's owed over $15 million the next two seasons. For the future of the franchise, the Lakers may be better of moving forward without him. His production is starting to slide as well, and although he finished strong in the postseason, the reality of the situation is that he's 32 years old. And the 7.7 points per game he averaged is about half of the 14.2 MWP has averaged throughout his career.

His body is starting to betray him, and the last thing the Lakers need is a player trending the wrong way—especially one who isn't completely focused.

If Kupchak is smart, Lakers fans won't be watching World Peace at the Staples Center this next season. But hey, they can always get their dose of craziness by tuning into the Lifetime Movie Network.

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