Metta World Peace has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for the entirety of his career. While Ron Artest was a terror across the league as a part of the Indiana Pacers, the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets, this new incarnation of World Peace is a much different player.
With World Peace's opt-out date quickly approaching, it is obvious in retrospect that World Peace's tenure with the Lakers has been solid, but not spectacular.
As basically a positional replacement for a departing Trevor Ariza, World Peace came in and saw to it that Kobe Bryant and the Lakers repeated as NBA champions before the Lakers suffered a slow and steady decline down the ranks of the NBA elite.
While he can still be considered the premier perimeter defender on the Lakers outside of Bryant, his offensive contributions have been inconsistent and he is no longer the scoring threat he used to be.
With the Lakers' future at a crossroads, it is unclear whether World Peace would be more of a benefit as a small forward for this team or as a source of cap relief.
There are definitely some pros and cons for both routes when it comes to World Peace opting out of his contract.