By noon pacific time on Monday, the Lakers will have to choose between two players.
Metta World Peace or Jabari Brown?
The Lakers have to trim their 16-man roster down to 15 for their season opener against Minnesota on Wednesday at Staples Center. But the Lakers will make the move today so the cut player has time to clear waivers before the season begins. There are positives and negatives for both moves.
The 22-year-old Brown has more upside than the 35-year-old World Peace. Brown can also provide more scoring punch. But Brown could have difficulty getting minutes amid a loaded backcourt that includes Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Marcelo Huertas and Lou Williams.
World Peace could revamp the Lakers’ defense, mentor second-year forward Julius Randle and excite the Lakers’ fan base after he played a key role in the team’s 2010 NBA championship. But World Peace has not played in the NBA since the Knicks waived him in 2013.