Should Miami Heat Sign Metta World Peace?

PEACE OUT! The Los Angeles Lakers announced that it has used its amnesty provision on Metta World Peace.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons. For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Feb 10, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) dribbles as Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Miami Heat, with one open roster spot remaining (the spot cleared by Juwan Howard for now) go after MWP?

He would be considered an upgrade over guys on the roster such as Rashard Lewis and arguably Mike Miller. If the Heat do indeed use its amnesty provision on Miller, signing someone like MWP would make more sense.

World Peace is certainly not the player he once was, especially when his name was Ron Artest, but he is still an effective three-point shooter (34.2 percent last season) and good defender.

He is the kind of player that could be accepted in the Heat locker room. World Peace has consistently been called a “warrior” by NBA types and, as we know, “warrior” is one of head coach Erik Spoelstra’s favorite words (along with battle, perseverance and, my all time favorite, brotherhood.)

The Heat have yet to sign a free agent outside of Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who resigned earlier this week.

The Heat have one spot left on its roster and still have its amnesty provision, which could free up another spot. It’s possible the Heat will wait to see who is available on wires before deciding what to do with Miller or Joel Anthony.

A number of the Heat’s summer league players have impressed too, including Ian Clark and Scotty Hopson. James Ennis and Jarvis Varnado are the only summer league players that are on the official roster. The Heat can sign 20 players during the offseason, but have to trim to 15 for the start of the season.

Topics: Free Agency, Metta World Peace, Miami Heat, NBA

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