LOS ANGELES Metta World Peace may not be worth the 7.7 million he's due in salary next season. Hes certainly not worth the 19 million payout, including luxury taxes, that keeping him on the books in Los Angeles necessitates.
It's simple math. Theres no reason for the Lakers not to use their amnesty provision, which wipes the 33-year-old forwards salary off the teams cap concerns despite the fact that the team will still owe World Peace the 7.7 million hes due.
The Lakers currently have four players eligible for the amnesty, which they must use this season: Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, Pau Gasol and World Peace. Although it would make the most sense to use the provision on Bryant and the 30.5 million he's due next season, the Lakers simply will not do so. (It would, however, save them all of their luxury tax bills.) Blake is indispensable with Bryants injury, so he wont be amnestied, and without Dwight Howard, Gasol is a crucial piece.
Which leaves World Peace. His is an expiring de...