Lakers Release World Peace

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that they have released forward Metta World Peace via the amnesty clause.

The amnesty clause allows a team to release a player, paying him his full contract but not having it count against the teams salary cap. It was negotiated at the last collective bargaining agreement (2011-12 season) that each team would receive one amnesty provision.

"It's tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons. For anyone who's had the opportunity to get to know him, it's impossible not to love him," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release.
The statement continued, "He has made many contributions to this organization, both in his community work as well as in our games; perhaps no more so than in his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals in helping to lead us over the Celtics in one of the greatest playoff wins in Lakers history. We thank Metta for all his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future."
World Peace is due $7.7 million from the Lakers.

The 34-year-old has averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.85 steals per game throughout 14 NBA seasons.

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