Metta World Peace to sign one-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

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Two-and-a-half years after leaving the franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers are welcoming veteran forward Metta World Peace back to the fold, according to the player's agent.

Done deal

World Peace, who was part of the Lakers' roster when they last made the playoffs back in 2012-13, will sign a one-year, nonguaranteed contract with the franchise.

The move has been mooted for a few months now, with the 35-year-old having been working out at the Lakers' practice facility over the offseason. Even so, having most recently been playing in Italy and China, World Peace's return to the NBA is something of a surprise.


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"I'm excited for Metta to be rejoining the Lakers in this next chapter in his career," the player's agent explained, via Yahoo! Sports.

"Metta is looking forward to working with Kobe and the young players to help the Lakers now and in the future. Los Angeles and the Lakers have always held a special place in Metta's heart."

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World Peace's arrival adds some much-needed experience to the team's roster ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, and it is thought he will provide a bench option for Byron Scott's team moving forward.

Kobe Bryant is also likely to be happy with the move, having reportedly expressed his desire for his former teammate's arrival last month. With a host of young players around the Black Mamba in what may be his final year in the NBA, he now has a familiar face alongside him.

Fond memories

Although he has courted controversy in the past, the veteran's return will be a popular one amongst Lakers fans considering the success the team achieved during his first spell in L.A.

World Peace - then known as Ron Artest - was part of the Lakers' 2010 NBA Championship winning team and had an instrumental role in Game Seven of the Finals series, hitting 20 points against the Boston Celtics.

Since leaving the franchise in 2013, World Peace has spent time on the New York Knicks roster as well as playing for Sichuan Blue Whales in China, and Italian side Pallacanestro Cantù.

He joins the Lakers in time for the start of training camp which gets underway in Hawaii next Monday.

Lakers fans: Is this a good signing, or is it a sign of desperation? Have your say in the comments below...

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