MINNEAPOLIS — Although he considered the conversation “a little premature,” Metta World Peace’s agent believes that “all options are possible” regarding the Lakers forward’s potential free agency this offseason.
“Everything should always be open,” Marc Cornstein, World Peace’s agent, said in a phone interview with this newspaper. “You always should explore all options if they’re available to you. I don’t want to close off any option.”
World Peace recently told NBA.com there is a possibility he would opt out of his $7.7 million player option in hopes of seeking a long-term extension. Either decision carries a certain amount of risk. Should World Peace exercise his player option, the Lakers could waive him using the one-time amnesty provision in hopes of clearing space within their current $100 million payroll. Should World Peace opt out, there’s a chance the Lakers wouldn’t resign him for the same reason.
World Peace has averaged 12.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting, his highest scoring output with the Lakers, and has appeared in better shape than in recent seasons. But at age 33, it remains unclear whether he’d attract much interest in the open market.
Still, Cornstein stressed the need to see how everything plays out among a wide variety of variables.
The Lakers will reexamine World Peace later today in Los Angeles after an MRI showed that he has a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. The Lakers (36-35) are also only one game ahead of the Utah Jazz (35-36) for the eighth playoff spot with 11 games remaining.
“All options are possible, but there hasn’t been a conclusion made any which way,” Cornstein said. “We haven’t had much discussion about it at this point.”
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