Metta World Peace to Lakers: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

After spending a year-and-a-half away from the NBA, Metta World Peace will make his return to the league in 2015-16. The 35-year-old small forward signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Thursday.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported it would be a one-year deal, while Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported the deal is nonguaranteed and worth $1.5 million.

World Peace last played in the NBA in 2013-14, when he spent 29 games with the New York Knicks. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.4 minutes on the floor. His 11.7 PER was the third-lowest mark of his 15-year NBA career, per

In general, his production began sliding when he left the Houston Rockets following the 2008-09 season, and his shooting cratered with the Lakers.

Here's a look at his offensive numbers per 36 minutes and a sampling of advanced metrics, courtesy of

After the Knicks waived him in February 2014, World Peace spent time with the Sichuan Blue Whales in China and also played with Italian league side Pallacanestro Cantu. Between the two teams, he averaged 16.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game, per RealGM.

Given both his age and lackluster production a few years ago, few fans had him as a legitimate free-agent option for any team this offseason.

Guys who are over 30 years old and haven't played in the NBA in more than a year aren't exactly in high demand. In addition, World Peace isn't a specialist like sharpshooter Ray Allen, who has continually excelled even late into his career.

With that said, there's a reason players such as Kendrick Perkins continue to be employed. Contending teams always seem to find a role for aging veterans who have a wealth of postseason experience.

While the Lakers wouldn't fall into that camp, they do have a number of young stars, ...

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