Metta World Peace Re-Signs with LA Lakers: Latest Contract Details, Reaction

Not even a coaching change can stop the bond between the Los Angeles Lakers and Metta World Peace. The Lakers agreed to terms with the veteran forward Wednesday, where he'll likely serve in a mentorship role for the young players on the roster. 

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the news, with Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News noting it's a training camp deal. The Lakers signed World Peace to a similar contract last season before he made the roster. 

World Peace, 36, will be spending his sixth season of his last seven with the Lakers. He averaged 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds during a 35-game stint with the team in 2015-16.

"I can still play. I can play, it’s not even a question man," World Peace said in August, per Ian Begley of "But, you know, sometimes you don’t get in the game, man. What are you going to do? I’m not going to be upset, I’m going to support. So if I don’t play, like this year on the Lakers I could have averaged 15 or 20 on the Lakers if I played, easily."

Of note: World Peace has averaged 20 points per game over a full season once in his career. He hasn't averaged 15 points since the 2008-09 season with the Houston Rockets—the year before his first stint with the Lakers.

That has created a perception that World Peace is past his prime, which he admitted is frustrating:

The only thing that gets me frustrated with the whole basketball is people think I can’t play anymore. So as a man, I take that personally. But at the same time I’m able to still focus on making sure Julius Randle is doing his thing, and he’s focused, making sure I can give back. But when the season’s over, then I like to explain that I can play, and I can bust people’s ass. But the fans have to understand, it’s not up to me. It’s so frustrating to keep hearing it from the fans. "Come bac...

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