The Los Angeles Lakers opted for experience over youth yesterday when they handed Metta World Peace the final spot on their 15 man roster.
And, having won the role largely thanks to his mentor relationship with Julius Randle, it looks like the famous franchise have big off-court plans for the veteran further down the line.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers are hoping to transition the two-time NBA champion into a coaching role in the long-term.
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Per Charania's report:
"World Peace’s return to the Lakers includes a long-term plan to transition into an assistant coach for the franchise, league sources told Yahoo."
World Peace's track record of ill-discipline in the NBA doesn't immediately shout coaching credentials, but it appears the veteran has mellowed with age. And anyone who has two rings has something to offer to the next generation.
But, if the Lakers have an assistant role already in mind, the question becomes 'why didn't the franchise just offer MWP a coaching role now?'
He is 35-years-old and hasn't played on the NBA hardwood in a year.
The former All-Star may add experience to a young roster, but, if his deal is based largely on an ability to mentor the team's young talent during the 2015-16 season, he could do that just as well in a coaches uniform as he could in a Lakers jersey.
Instead, the Lakers have left themselves open to missing out on an exciting young player in Jabari Brown in order to keep Metta World Peace as an active player. Even though they already see him as a prospective coach.
Lakers fans: Would Metta World Peace make a good coach? MWP-Kobe combo in a few years? Have your say in the comments below...