The Los Angeles Lakers have, in previous seasons, gotten flak for acquiring tried, tested, yet ultimately underwhelmingveterans – Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin, and Roy Hibbert immediately come to mind. This season, it looks like the Lakers will be surrounding blue-chip rookie Brandon Ingram and fellow high-profile youngsters Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and D’Angelo Russell with another aging veteran whose best NBA days are long over – Metta World Peace, who reportedly re-signed with the Lakers on a one-year contract.

Metta World Peace brings veteran leadership – yet again – to Lakers

Formerly known as Ron Artest until he changed his name prior to the shortened 2011-12 NBA season, Metta World Peace had put up big numbers in most of his first ten NBA seasons, and spent his best years with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings.

But when he became a Laker in 2009, World Peace became more of a role-playing defensive specialist, getting far less touches on offense and mostly proving to be more mature than he was in his troublesome younger days as Ron Artest. After spending the 2014-15 NBA season in China, World Peace returned to the Lakers in 2015-16, averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds off the bench. Now, it looks like he’s back for another season in L.A., according to a new report from ESPN’s resident Lakers insider, Ramona Shelburne.

In her report, Shelburne saidthat World Peace re-signed with the Lakers to provide leadership as a veteran presence in the locker room. And he’s just one of several Lakers aged 30 and above – their training camp roster also includes Jose Calderon (turning 35 on September 28), Luol Deng (31), and Timofey Mozgov (30), all new acquisition for the 2016-17 season, as well as returnees Marcelo Huertas (33) and Nick Young (31).

Most of these players are likely to make the final cut for the upcoming season, but with the exception of Brazilian standout Huertas, who is entering only his second NBA season, all of them have seen better playing days in the league.

Other deals: Lakers add draft bust Thomas Robinson to lineup

Aside from the Metta World Peace deal, which has yet to be confirmed by the Lakers, the team also signed power forward Thomas Robinson as a free agent on Wednesday.

The 6’10” Robinson was picked fifth overall by Sacramento in the 2012 NBA draft, but has not seen his pro career take off as expected. Aside from the Kings, he’s played for Houston, Portland, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn, averaging only 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds over his career. He will likely back up Julius Randle at power forward, reprising a role he’s played since his NBA debut.

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