World Peace isn't expected to be back with the Lakers next season, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
As was the plan since he was signed, World Peace spent the majority of his time with the Lakers as a veteran mentor, seeing action in only 25 games, while averaging just 2.3 points across 6.4 minutes. There's been plenty of talks regarding the fact that World Peace will go into coaching following his playing career, although a final decision on retirement has yet to be made at this point. World Peace remains one of the longest-tenured players in the NBA, with 17 years of experience and would likely find a very small market in a similar role as a veteran mentor if he opted to try and come back for another season with a different team.
World Peace started at small forward and scored a team-leading 18 points (7-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt) to go with four rebounds, four steals and one assist across 25 minutes in a 108-96 win over the Pelicans on Tuesday.
With D'Angelo Russell (personal) away from the team, coach Luke Walton opted to roll with World Peace in a starting role rather than one of the team's younger options. It was likely just a measure to give the 37-year-old a final sendoff in what was perhaps his final career game at Staples Center, and World Peace certainly delivered. After failing to score in the first half, World Peace poured in all 18 of his points after the break to give the Lakers their fifth straight win. World Peace figures to play in Wednesday's season finale against the Warriors, but probably will see his minutes fall back into the teens in the road matchup.
World Peace is expected to start at small forward in Tuesday's game against the Pelicans, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
D'Angelo Russell is away from the team for a personal matter, and it appears coach Luke Walton plans to replace him in the lineup with World Peace, who could be playing the final game of his career at Staples Center. In his only other start this season, World Peace logged just 12 minutes, so despite working with the top unit, he may not be the most intriguing DFS play. In addition to World Peace, Russell's minutes figure to be spread among Tyler Ennis, Jordan Clarkson and David Nwaba.
World Peace (coach's decision) was inactive for Tuesday's 122-111 loss to the Mavericks.
World Peace hasn't played since Feb. 6, and with the team now at full health, it's unlikely he'll receive any opportunities to even dress for games in the near future. The 37-year-old will continue to bring most of his value to the team during practices and in the locker room.
World Peace (coach's decision) was inactive for Thursday's 116-108 loss to the Wizards.
World Peace has been limited to one one-minute appearance over the Lakers' last eight games, and now that the roster is back to full strength, he'll likely be a fixture on the inactive list. The 37-year-old's main value at this stage of his career will come as a mentor to the team's younger players.
World Peace (coach's decision) was inactive for Thursday's 134-94 loss to the Spurs.
The Lakers decided to guarantee World Peace's one-year contract for the rest of the season earlier this week, but the added security won't result in an enhanced role for the veteran. He's likely to remain inactive in most games when no more than one player is out with an injury.
World Peace will return to a bench role for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
World Peace got the spot start for Monday's tilt with the Jazz, but the Lakers will once again shake up their guard rotation, pushing Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas into the starting five, with Brandon Ingram and World Peace coming off the bench. World Peace saw just 12 minutes in his start Monday and doesn't expect to see a big bump in playing time Wednesday, so he can still be avoided in the the majority of fantasy leagues.
World Peace will get a spot start at shooting guard for Monday's matchup against the Jazz, Serena Winters of Lakers Nation reports.
The Lakers are without D'Angelo Russell (knee) and Jose Calderon (hamstring), so it is currently slim pickings in the backcourt. The expectation was that Jordan Clarkson would get the start, but he has been struggling to produce while getting a lot of extra run due to the aforementioned injuries. Both Clarkson and Lou Williams will presumably get most of the work in the backcourt as the game progresses. World Peace has played in seven games this season, with a season-high 14 minutes on Nov. 23 in a blowout loss to the Warriors.
World Peace (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 109-94 win over the Hawks.
The 37-year-old was able to claim a roster spot for the Lakers out of training camp, but as expected, he's acted mostly as a positive presence in the locker room for the young squad. He's only appeared in six games this season while averaging a career-low 4.8 minutes per contest.
World Peace officially made the Lakers' 15-man roster Monday, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.
The Lakers elected to part ways with Anthony Brown, enabling World Peace to claim the final available spot on the wing. The veteran isn't expected to play a major role in 2016-17 after logging just 35 appearances with the Lakers a season ago, and he could be the first player to get cut if the team needs to add depth at another position. Most of the 36-year-old's value with the Lakers will come in the form of the mentoring he provides to the team's host of young players.
World Peace re-signed Wednesday with the Lakers on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Earlier this offseason, World Peace indicated he had no intentions of retiring, but it wasn't certain if any NBA teams were interested in bringing him aboard as he enters his age-37 season. After spending the 2014-15 season in the Chinese Basketball Association, World Peace returned stateside to spend 2015-16 with the Lakers, with whom he won an NBA title in 2010. He ended up filling only a minor role off the bench for the team, appearing in 35 games and averaging 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists over 16.9 minutes per season. If he's able to break camp with the Lakers this time around, look for World Peace to again function as a deep reserve and veteran voice in a locker room that's now without Kobe Bryant.
World Peace said Thursday that he'd like to play 2-to-4 more years in the NBA, Mark Medina of the LA Daily news reports.
World Peace made his return to the NBA this season after playing overseas in 2015-16. He appeared in only 35 games, holding down an end-of-the-bench role for a bad Lakers team more focused on sending off Kobe Bryant and developing young forwards like Julius Randle and Larry Nance. World Peace, who will turn 37 two weeks into next season, will likely struggle to find a new home this summer, and it's highly improbable that any team would be willing to offer him more than a one-year deal similar to what he signed with the Lakers last offseason.
World Peace contributed 17 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block across 19 minutes in Tuesday's 103-81 loss to the Clippers.
World Peace led the Lakers in scoring for the first time of all season, which speaks to the extent to which the team's starting five struggled Tuesday. The top unit combined to go 10-for-51 from the field, which put the Lakers in a big hole by the midway point of the third quarter, allowing the likes of World Peace and Ryan Kelly to see more touches in the second half. Blowout losses haven't been uncommon for the Lakers this season, but the starters rarely struggle to the level they did Tuesday, which likely won't result in coach Byron Scott consistently turning to World Peace for offensive production. The 36-year-old is averaging just 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.8 assists over 16.7 minutes on the campaign.
World Peace went for two points (1-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist in 19 minutes during the Lakers' 106-98 loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
Starting in place of the injured Kobe Bryant (shoulder), World Peace was ineffective on Tuesday. He has seen 14 minutes or more in four straight games, but this hasn't helped him produce numbers worthy of fantasy consideration. At this stage of his career, the 36-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year is an afterthought across all formats.
World Peace said he will start at small forward in place of Kobe Bryant (shoulder) in Tuesday's game against the Kings, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Bryant has sat out periodically throughout the season to rest the many ailments he's experienced, and that will be the case again Tuesday, as the Lakers aim to preserve him for the final month of his career. With Anthony Brown (foot) out and likely done for the season, World Peace will have the opportunity to replace Bryant in the starting lineup, in what will be his fourth nod of the season. In his previous three starts, World Peace has averaged 11.7 points in 23.3 minutes, while shooting 65.5 percent from the floor.
World Peace had two points (1-8 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and three rebounds in 15 minutes during the Lakers' 120-111 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
World Peace appeared in his first game since Jan. 10, and he has only seen the floor in three contests since Dec. 7 There was a 17-game stretch where World Peace played double digit minutes in 16 of them, but that seems like a distant memory at this point.
World Peace (coach's decision) didn't play in Wednesday's 112-93 loss to the Kings.
World Peace joined Larry Nance (knee) on the inactive list for the contest and appears to be the 15th man on the roster at this point. He's only appeared in two of the Lakers' last 23 games.
World Peace (coach's decision) was inactive for Tuesday's win over the Bucks.
World Peace hasn't played in the Lakers' last four games. It looks like he'll remain out of the rotation now that Kobe Bryant seems healthier after frequently resting earlier in the season.
World Peace scored seven points (2-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in 27 minutes of action in Sunday's loss to Indiana.
World Peace's 27 minutes Sunday matched his season high for any game, and they were his season high in games coming off the bench. Though his shooting wasn't very good it did mark the most shots the forward has taken this year. Previously the forward was only seeing large minute totals in games where Kobe Bryant was resting, but his time off the bench could make him a consistent player in deeper leagues.
World Peace will start in place of the resting Kobe Bryant Monday in Pheonix, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
World Peace played 22 and 27 minutes in the last two games he filled in for Bryant. That is about 10 more minutes than he averages with Bryant in the lineup. He'll look to take advantage of the likely extra playing time Monday.