Metta Word Peace just wanted to be a part of the New York Knicks. He was, for a very short stint. Now, he’s expected to be waived, officially today, in hopes of signing with a team that will “appreciate” him more. In other words, give him the playing time he deserves – or he feels he deserves. Or any playing time at all for that matter.
World Peace is set to become a free man and will pretty much be able to sign wherever he wishes – except in New York. Which is a good thing. You could argue that he never should’ve signed there in the first place, but let’s let bygones be bygones.
Still, it raises the question as to what’s next for the 34-year-old forward? You’d think that he’d want to sign with a contender. I mean, as a role player (which he is at this point of his career), he’ll be much more valuable to them, than to a team like the Knicks.
There’s no question that role players can offer much more to a contending team, with an established core, than to a team who only thinks they have an established core, but really suck.
With that said, let’s take a look at a couple options that will be potentially there for World Peace once he clears waivers.
Oklahoma City Thunder
I know they don’t have the best of relationships, but at this point the Thunder need to do everything they can to throw their best punch (no pun intended…) when the playoffs, and potentially the Finals, come around. World Peace can’t really score anymore, he can shoot sometimes, but if push comes to shove (no pun intended…) he can still defend to a certain point. Every contender could always use another wing defender. At this point in his career, World Peace can get by as a part-time defender.
Like the Thunder, the Heat don’t necessarily need any more scoring options. What they do need, however, is wing defenders. With the health of Dwyane Wade still an unknown, I bet Miami would rather add another wing defender more than they would like to add let’s say…a spot up shooter.
Miami is going to have to get through Indiana with their defense and if World Peace gives them a better shot at stopping Paul George and company, I’m not sure why Pat Riley wouldn’t pull the trigger. But let’s remember, Miami is going to have plenty of options – potentially Danny Granger, Shannon Brown and maybe even Caron Butler.
Los Angeles Clippers
Even with the impending signing of Glen Davis, the Clippers frontcourt is fairly thin. World Peace could add some depth and toughness that Rivers loves to have on his bench around playoff time. Even with the crowded and talented roster that the Clippers carry, LAC could be MWP’s best bet at some decent, meaningful minutes. The Clippers have four healthy big men on their roster currently, and that’s already counting Davis (assuming he signs). World Peace could genuinely offer something to the Clippers.