Report: Lakers to keep Metta World Peace as assistant

Report: Lakers to keep Metta World Peace as assistant

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The preseason is coming to a close and the Lakers have to make some choices to get their roster down to 15 players. Right now the Lakers have 17 players on the roster and less than a week until opening day. The Lakers have until Monday at 5pm to make their decision.

It looks like at least one of the cuts will be an easier decision. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN the Lakers want to keep Metta World Peace on as an assistant coach

The odds are against Metta World Peace making the Los Angeles Lakers’ Opening Night roster, but the Lakers have interest in keeping the veteran forward around as an assistant coach if they can’t make room for him as an active player, according to league sources.

Metta has voiced his desire to continue playing, but based on his performance last season and so far this preseason, it looks like it might be time to hang them up. The best role for Metta might be assistant coach where he can still mentor and teach the Lakers young core, which he has bonded so well with so far. The Lakers need to continue to move forward and using a roster space on Metta World Peace isn’t the best way to continue.

After Metta, the Lakers will likely have to choose between Thomas Robinson and Yi Jianlian for the last roster spot, with Jianlian’s contract giving him the advantage to stay.

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