EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — It’s Peace out for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They waived Metta World Peace on Thursday under the NBA’s amnesty provision, which will save the team about $15 million in luxury tax. He was set to earn $7.7 million next season, which the Lakers still must pay.
He averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season. The 33-year-old tore knee cartilage in March and clearly wasn’t the same player. He didn’t play in the last game of San Antonio’s four-game sweep of the Lakers in the first round.
The former Ron Artest legally changed his name during his tenure with the team. One of the highlights of his time with the Lakers was his play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, which helped them beat Boston for the franchise’s 16th title.
“It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons,” General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him.”
Also, the Lakers signed Nick Young. The 6-foot-7 guard-forward averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Philadelphia last season.
SOURCE: TEAM, KIRILENKO AGREE: A person with knowledge of the deal said the Brooklyn Nets agreed to a contract with forward Andrei Kirilenko.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced, said Kirilenko accepted the taxpayer’s mid-level exception, worth about $3.2 million. The contract includes a player option for the second year.
The Russian forward opted out of his $10.2 million deal for next season with Minnesota and found a home with the Nets — owned by fellow Russian Mikhail Prokhorov.
The versatile forward is the latest acquisition for a team whose previous moves this offseason include a pending trade to acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston.
PIPPEN SUED AFTER ‘ATTACK:’ Attorneys representing a man who said he was the victim of a “brutal and unjustified physical attack” by Scottie Pippen filed a $4 million lawsuit against the former NBA All-Star in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Camran Shafighi, 49, suffers from headaches, nausea, breathing difficulties and other ongoing medical issues as a result of an altercation involving the luxury car business owner and the former Chicago Bull great, said his attorney, Lee Boyd.
She said the suit is an effort to compensate the Malibu area resident for those problems in addition to economic losses because he is unable to run his business.
The Nuggets bolstered their front court by signing free agent forward J.J. Hickson to a three-year deal. The 24-year-old is coming off his best season last year in Portland, when he averaged 12.7 points and a career-high 10.4 rebounds. ... The Hawks, facing a decision with restricted free agent Jeff Teague, signed first-round pick and Dennis Schröder, a point guard. The Hawks confirmed Teague signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Milwaukee, where he would be reunited with former Atlanta coach Larry Drew. The Hawks have three days to match. ... Another chapter in the legal battle between the Heat’s Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife ended with the dismissal of a lawsuit filed in Chicago by Siohvaughn Funches-Wade. Funches-Wade contended Wade violated the terms of a 2008 agreement requiring cash from his endorsement deals be deposited into a joint account.
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