So the word on the street is that the Lakers have amnestied Metta World Peace which will open up plenty of dialogue as to where his next stop will be. Could the former LaSalle Academy and St.John’s star finally end up back in New York to finish his career with the Knicks?
Tommy DeeLet’s get the understanding of it happening out of the way first. The Knicks aren’t under the cap so they can’t offer MWP as much as other teams, obviously.
Teams with cap room can benefit greatly from the amnesty provision by being able to submit a competing offer to claim an amnestied player at a reduced rate. For example, if Cleveland uses its amnesty provision on Baron Davis, a team that is $5 million below the salary cap can submit a $5 million offer to acquire Davis’ contract. If that offer is the highest, the team acquires Davis and is responsible for $5 million of his salary — with Cleveland responsible for the balance. This happens before Davis becomes a free agent and can sign on his own with a team like Miami.
A contending team with cap space could make at least an minimum offer so the Knicks will have to be typically creative, it seems, if they want to bring World Peace to the Garden.
To me, MWP is a tremendous answer to some toughness issues that the team lacks as well as perimeter defense. He’d be a great addition if they could figure out a way to make it happen.