The 35-year-old forward landed a spot on the team’s 15-man regular-season roster Monday when the Lakers announced that they had waived second-year guard Jabari Brown instead of World Peace, who played with the Lakers from 2009 to 2013.
World Peace has been out of the NBA for a year after last playing for the New York Knicks in the 2013-14 season. But the Lakers consider his defense and veteran leadership valuable, especially for a team with a young core featuring 2014 draft picks Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson as well as 2015 No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell.
Of those three young players, World Peace has spent the most time mentoring Randle, the No. 7 overall pick a year ago. He broke his leg in his NBA debut last October and sat out the rest of the season.
World Peace averaged 9.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game during his four-year stint with the Lakers and played a crucial role in the Lakers’ win over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.
The Lakers used the amnesty clause on World Peace after the 2012-13 season.