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As expected, the Los Angeles Lakers roster moves in the aftermath of Dwight Howard choosing to join the Houston Rockets have been pedestrian. As currently constructed, the Lakers simply aren’t capable of outright signing marquee players. Though they aren’t franchise-changing additions, Chris Kaman and reportedly Jordan Farmar, should help stabilize a bench that failed to meet expectations last season. The Lakers have also announced they have re-signed Robert Sacre. The next question the Lakers face is whether or not they should use their amnesty provision; with a decision necessary by July 16. The Lakers’ luxury tax bill for the 2012-2013 season was a league-leading $29 million. That’s quite a hefty check to write for a team that greatly underachieved. Understandably, the organization is interested in lowering that amount moving forward. That desire reportedly has left Metta World Peace as the player most likely to amnestied. According to NBA salary cap expert Larry Coon, if the Lakers choose to amnesty World Peace, they would save roughly $14 million. Had Howard stayed, amnestying World Peace would have resulted in saving approximately $30 million. By losing Howard, the Lakers essentially have already decreased their luxury tax bill for the 2013-2014 season. Metta World Peace done in Los Angeles? (photo credit: D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images) The prospect of World Peace costing $14 million certainly isn’t attractive given the fact that he is closer to the end of his career than the peak of it. However, while it is true the Lakers would be saving money with the amnesty provision, it is important to note the net savings isn’t $14 million. The one-time use amnesty provision allows a team to release a player, removing them from the team’s salary cap, but not exonerating them from having to pay the player’s remaining salary. With World Peace set to earn $7.7 million next season, the net savings would be closer to $6 million. Assuming a player is signed at the veteran’s minimum (only contract option available for the Lakers) to replace World Peace, which would appear to be necessary, the net savings amount then lowers to roughly $5 million. That cost is much easier to absorb than the initial belief of $14 million. Further complicating matters is the lack of depth at small forward currently on the roster and the limited, realistic options available as a replacement. With all of that on the table, we must wonder how much ownership (namely Jim Buss), values loyalty and being competitive next year. World Peace’s play last season certainly wasn’t always pretty, but he competed night in and night out- which may be more than can be said for a certain ex-Laker who has moved on to the Lone Star state. As news of the potential amnesty leaked yesterday afternoon, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter and sent out a series of tweets indicating he is not on board with cutting World Peace loose. Bryant has routinely expressed his support for World Peace, and admired him for his competitive fire. The Lakers have already made decisions that went against Bryant’s public comments (hiring Mike Brown and not Brian Shaw). Would it be smart for them to make another? Even by retaining World Peace, the Lakers would still be able to maintain their financial flexibility for the 2014 offseason. Unlike Howard, World Peace understands the demanding culture and embraces the challenge that comes with being a Laker. With minimal risk involved, it’s only right to reward him with one more season. Coming off a disappointing season, it is imperative for the Lakers to put their best foot forward and assemble the most competitive team possible. With the ability to carry over some cohesiveness from last season’s team, you never know what can happen. The removal of the toxic presence that was Howard may inspire this team to play above its projected expectations.

Kobe Bryant tweets why he unfollowed Dwight Howard

Kobe Bryant has become a pro at this social media thing. After word began to spread that the Lakers would use the one-time amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, Kobe took to Twitter to share his thoughts.   No game 7 win without Metta! This is a tough day for laker nation #misspeace #newcbacasualty — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013   Personally I’d keep Metta and make...

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Kobe Bryant says he won’t take a pay cut next summer

Kobe Bryant is entering the last year of his contract with his only NBA team, the Lakers. But Kobe has made it known that when the time comes next off season to negotiate a new contract, don’t look for him to take a pay cut.    “I’m not taking any at all — that’s the negotiation that you have to have,” Bryant told the website. “For me to sit here and say, ‘Oh yeah...

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When Kobe Bryant Tweets People Listen...or Read...

Kobe Bryant has not been with the Twitter Universe for long, but in the time that he has been tweeting he has grown quite the following (over 3 million). It's understandable too. When you are the best at what you do people are going to what a piece of you even if it is just clinging to your every word on social media. Keith Allison/Flickr That much was proven...

Kobe Won't Take Huge Paycut In 2014

Kobe Bryant could sign for veteran's minimum during the 14-15 NBA season to increase the Los Angeles Lakers' cap space. Bryant could then re-sign with the Lakers in 2015 offseason for a maximum salary of $19.5 million because the team would retain his Bird rights. "I’m not taking any at all – that’s the negotiation that you have to have," Bryant said. "...

What’s Next For The Los Angeles Lakers?

Kobe Bryant is out with a torn Achilles. Dwight Howard left for Houston. Metta World Peace could be amnestied at any minute. It’s safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers are going through some turmoil right now. For the first time in a long time, the Lakers have fallen out of the NBA’s spotlight. They are an old team with a coach that hasn’t really won anything and an egotistical...

Shaq: Kobe ‘can play at a high level until he’s 40′

Shaquille O’Neal, whose  NBA career ended at the age of 39 because of a torn Achilles, thinks his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, who is still recovering from Achilles surgery in April, can play at a high-level until he is 40-years-old. “Kobe’s a tough competitor,” O’Neal 

Lakers waive Metta World Peace: 'I'm retiring to play hockey'

The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Metta World Peace on Thursday under the NBA’s amnesty provision. “Its tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four 

Metta’s Tweet Response Is Priceless

Gotta love this guy. Always entertaining, always with a smile. Sure he always makes you feel a little uncomfortable, but that comes with the whole package. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to thank his departing buddy: “No game 7 win without Metta! This is a tough day for laker nation #misspeace #newcbacasualty.” Misspeace indeed. Lakers Amnesty Metta Sandler Compares Shaq To Farley

Dwight Howard reportedly wanted Lakers to move past the Kobe Bryant era

There have already been a number of theories floated around about why Dwight Howard chose not to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but this is one of the most interesting. We have heard that Howard felt Mike D’Antoni did not give him enough of a voice within the locker room, but did the power [...]

Amnestying World Peace is logical move for Lakers

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...

If amnestied by the Lakers, Metta World Peace only wants to play for a few select teams

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Lakers forward Metta World Peace would be amnestied. And though the news isn’t quite official, teammate Kobe Bryant went ahead and voiced his displeasure about the move.A day later we’re all at the point that it’s a foregone conclusion that World Peace will be amnestied, so now it’s time to discuss where World Peace could land. As usual Sam...
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