Metta World Peace Smart to Play Retirement Card to Force His Way to Contender

July 9th, 2013 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Metta World Peace's days as a Los Angeles Laker are numbered. Depending on how frisky the Lakers' front office is feeling, that number may be as little as two.

On Wednesday, the NBA lifts its moratorium on free-agent signings and trades, meaning the flurry of moves that have happened since July began can finally commence.

Some moves will have to wait one or two days for some contractual snafus to work out and other squads will choose to wait on signing players for cap purposes—usually reserved for when a player's cap hold is less than his first-year salary of his new deal—but you'll be hearing a lot about deals becoming "official" on Wednesday.

One day later, the NBA's seven-day amnesty period begins. From July 11-17, the 13 remaining teams who have not used their amnesty provision provided by the NBA's collective bargaining agreement will have the opportunity to consider cutting players from the limited number of eligible talent.

There are 34 players eligible to be amnestied. World Peace is one of them. And according to the OC Register's Kevin Ding, that's exactly what the Lakers plan on doing:

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