So, if I’m really being honest with myself, I want to play basketball, but if I had to sign today or tomorrow, the answer would be “No!!” I look at it like this: I’m not willing to play the role that I’ll be needed for right now, which is to provide veteran leadership, a locker room presence, insurance in case someone gets hurt, etc. In a few months, if the right team that has an identity and a need for what I bring calls me, then maybe. Rosters are full and everybody is trying to figure out what type of team they want to be. I’ve watched training camp practices on NBA TV and I don’t have a desire to go through that right now. I don’t think I need to be on a roster – and go through pre-season – for a team that doesn’t quite need me yet, doesn’t have an identity or know what they are going to be in the future. I have an identity and I know what I bring to a team. I’d rather sit back and enjoy my family and see my kids off to school every morning than sign with a team that has so many unknowns.
October 21, 2016 | 11:49 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Story posting now with @Ramona Shelburne: Lakers have interest in making Metta World Peace an assistant coach if they run out of roster room.
Sources say that World Peace’s preference, at age 36, is to continue his playing career, even if the Lakers ultimately decide they won’t keep him and that forces him to look elsewhere. L.A.’s decision must be made Monday by 5 p.m., when all NBA teams are required to get down to 15 players in advance of the first night of the regular season.