The Los Angeles Lakers made a pair of significant moves yesterday, signing center Chris Kaman to a one-year contract and amnestying forward Metta World Peace.
Lakers and Chris Kaman, I've told, have agreed to terms on one-year deal
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2013
Sweet a guy as he is, @MettaWorldPeace will be waived via amnesty by Lakers to save about $30 million, barring some late change.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 8, 2013
Kaman gets the Lakers mini mid-level exception. He’s certainly not Dwight Howard, but there was a significant drop-off in the class of center after him. Kaman is known as a decent mid-range shooter than can play in the post. He’s not going to win the Lakers a championship, but he does fill a need for a team short on salary space.
To clear additional cap space to help fill other areas of need, the Lakers later announced that they were amnestying forward Metta World Peace. By cutting ties with World Peace, the Lakers save roughly $30 million.