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Metta World Peace deal has some Lakers fans questioning team's vision

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The Los Angeles Lakers are supposed to be in a rebuilding phase heading into the 2015-16 season, but their recent roster decisions have had some questioning that long-term vision.

After last week opting for the experience of center Robert Sacre rather than the uncertainty that lay with exciting talent Robert Upshaw, the Lakers today said goodbye to another young prospect in favor of a veteran presence.

That's after the famous franchise confirmed that the 36-year-old Metta World Peace would take the 15th spot on their roster, at the expense of 22-year-old Jabari Brown.

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Both moves probably give the Lakers a better chance at being competitive in the coming months - World Peace, despite not playing in the NBA last season, has title-winning credentials and Sacre has over 150 appearances for the Lakers.

However, with a changing of the guard on the horizon as the team looks to build solid foundations for the post-Kobe years, the decision to move on from Upshaw and Brown has been seen as short-sighted by some Lakers fans.

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While fans may complain that World Peace does not represent that next step, the veteran could actually be part of the answer as the Lakers look to help a young roster develop.

He has already been praised for his mentoring of fellow forward Julius Randle, and his old head could be valuable in a locker room that could have to get used to the taste of defeat in 2015-16.

There is no doubt that Brown - coming off the back of a 32-point gave versus Sacramento - would be a high upside option, but he is rough around the edges.

As for Upshaw, there are hopes he signs with the Lakers' D-league affiliate. Still, in going for safe options rather than taking a shot this time around, the Lakers hierarchy leaves itself open to criticism should Brown or Upshaw be snapped up by a rival and blossom on the hardwood.

Lakers fans: Is your roster capable of a winning season, and can MWP help the situation? Have your say in the comments below...

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