According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent forward Metta World Peace has made working out at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility a daily custom, and sources indicate that World Peace is inching closer to inking a one-year deal with the franchise he captured an NBA championship with in 2010.
Yahoo Sources: Metta World Peace has begun to work out daily at Lakers’ facility, inching closer to a return to franchise on one-year deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 9, 2015
The Lakers view World Peace as a mentor for their 2014 No. 7 draft pick Julius Randle, who missed all of last season with a broken leg. Randle and World Peace spent time in the gym together over the summer, with World Peace even declaring that Randle is “super strong.”
Wojnarowski also reports that no deal has been agreed upon, but sources seem to think that World Peace will sign with Los Angeles by the end of this month.
World Peace, who is 35-years-old, last played in the NBA in 2013-14 with the New York Knicks. He appeared in 29 games with NY before being bought out. World Peace spent last season playing ball in China and Italy.
In his last season with the Lakers, World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5 rebounds per game. World Peace had some notable moments with Los Angeles in the 2010 Playoffs, including a buzzer-beater against the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, and a clutch performance against the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.