The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Metta World Peace to a one-year deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. World Peace has been working out at El Segundo as the Lakers prepare for training camp, and his presence working with Julius Randle has been a topic buzzing around the organization.
The contract is non-guaranteed, making it a low-risk move for the Lakers as they prepare for basketball activities to resume on Sep. 28. World Peace, like several other additions to the roster, is on a deal that gives the team flexibility on which pieces to carry forward into the regular season.
World Peace's impact has been with the development of Randle as they've worked out one-on-one throughout the summer. Metta recently opened up about how he wants to help Julius work on his basketball intelligence, off-ball activity and other aspects of his game in an interview with Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Giving Randle a mentor could have a long-term impact for the Lakers, but it will be up to World Peace to prove he can still play through actual NBA minutes.
"We have to be careful not to use a roster spot too early because we have a lot of young kids that we're going to bring to camp," Kupchak said of World Peace making the roster during his annual preseason press conference. "We don't want to put ourselves in a bind by getting 15 roster spots taken and not giving the young kids who could be very talented a chance to make the team."
Training camp begins on Sep. 29, and media day just before it just got a bit more interesting.