Is Metta World Peace Opting out of His Contract with LA Lakers?
Metta World Peace sent out a cryptic tweet late Wednesday night that could be pointing to many different scenarios, including the possibility that he could opt out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
UPDATE: By Ethan Norof on June 25, 2013, 12:15 p.m. ET
Metta World Peace's announcement has nothing to do with his contract or basketball career. He'll be doing a reality show with Terrell Owens, he announced on his website.
However, a report from USA Today's Sam Amick indicates that World Peace will remain with the Lakers. He would never be able to make $7.7 million on the open market.
--End of Update--
World Peace has a player option for $7.7 million this season, as outlined by Spotrac, and if he were to opt out, the Lakers would be able to save a few bucks on the luxury tax, that is if they were to re-sign Dwight Howard.
Otherwise, it would just mean the Lakers don't have to pay World Peace nearly $8 million for playing erratic basketball next season.
@MettaWorldPeace celebration party tba tomorrow night!! Come join me!!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 25, 2013
He seems to be hinting that his time in Los Angeles could be over, with the indication that he's got some news to tell his followers.
Much in the Metta way, there was nothing tweeted before or after that gave any context on what he might have to say.
However, there seem to be a few options, given World Peace's history and the situation surrounding him and the Lakers.
Is Metta Messing with Everybody?
If you're not following World Peace on Twitter, the first thing you've got to know is that you are severely missing out.
Beyond that, understand that not everything World Peace tweets is completely serious, and you've got to use your context clues to figure out what he's trying to say.
Tonight is my last night on twitter. I am giving my acct away.I'm going to the mountains to mettatate.So I will entertain yal one last time.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 10, 2013
That's right, his Twitter account is like taking a middle school reading comprehension test.
The only thing he ever really seems to be serious about is sharing his opinions on either basketball or boxing, otherwise everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt.
For instance, ever since the Lakers were eliminated in the playoffs, Metta has been extremely active on Twitter, but threatening to quit tweeting on a routine basis.
Needless to say, that hasn't happened yet.
Is Metta Done in Los Angeles?
However, there's also the possibility that there's some actual truth in his recent tweets.
While he is a joker, World Peace doesn't really come across as a guy who would throw out the idea that he would be leaving the Lakers just to get a laugh.
The Lakers are in a situation where it would make sense to drop World Peace, whether it be by convincing him to drop his player option or using their amnesty provision on him.
What makes it most interesting is the timing with which World Peace is dropping this bomb on us.
Mark Medina of The L.A. Daily News tells us that World Peace has to make a decision on Tuesday about his player option:
Metta World Peace has until tomorrow to decide whether he will exercise $7.7 million player option or opt out in hopes of longer deal— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 25, 2013
It doesn't totally make sense that Metta would opt out of his deal, as he's not likely to get more than the $7.7 million that he's owed by the Lakers next season.
Opting out could also mean that he's retiring, which is a distinct possibility, or he's selflessly trying to save the Lakers a few million bucks, which seems less likely.
Of course, there's also the possibility that the Lakers are planning to use their amnesty provision on World Peace, which would help save them a few million dollars, but not get them any closer to actually having cap space to sign free agents.
For the time being, we'll just have to wait and see what World Peace has to say at 9 a.m. PT on his website Tuesday morning.
Who knows, maybe it's just another children's book.
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