Lakers sign Chris Kaman; amnesty Metta World Peace

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.

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.

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