Metta World Peace
It was reported a few days ago that MWP will opt-in to his last year of his deal and make $7.7 million. That answers whether he will stay with the Lakers this coming season, right? Wrong. There is a chance World Peace could remain a Laker, but not a good chance. Even though Metta did have his best year as a Laker this past year he still finished with a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) around the league average. The Lakers will look to trade him this off-season and if they can get anything in return, they’ll take it. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a market for an average small forward making almost $8 million in the twilight of his career. With no other options to turn to, the Lakers will most likely cut him via the amnesty clause.
Chances Metta Returns: 25%
Antawn Jamison had possibly the worst year of his NBA career this past season. After entering the season as a front-runner for the sixth man of the year award, he quickly saw his production plummet and subsequently, his playing time. This past off-season, Jamison took less money and a lesser role in search of a ring with the Lakers rather than signing with his hometown Charlotte Bobcats. After such a disastrous year for both him and the Lakers, it’s probably better for all parties involved if he starts over fresh with a new ball club.
Chances Jamison Returns: 20%
After delivering two sub-par seasons in a row and fighting through injuries as a Laker, Steve Blake had his best season in LA by far. With Nash injured for a good chunk of the regular season, the onus was thrust upon him to guide the Lakers as their starting point guard. With such low expectations for him, it’s no wonder Blake seemingly impressed everybody on a nightly basis. Unfortunately, the same misfortunes that had dogged the Lakers entire season put an end to his season when he injured his hamstring in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The good news is Blake’s hamstring should be fully healed in time for opening night.