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Lakers re-sign Metta World Peace, add Thomas Robinson

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The start of training camp is just under a week away, but that hasn’t stopped the Los Angeles Lakers from making a few final additions to the roster. 

According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the front office has brought back veteran forward Metta World Peace into the mix. 

Peace’s deal is reportedly similar to last season being a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. Despite being a member of the team for the 2015-16 season, there was no inkling about whether the Lakers were going to re-sign him to a deal. 

The 36-year-old played in a limited role off the bench last season averaging 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 16.9 minutes in 35 games with five starts. Peace scored in double figures four times while leading the team in scoring once, which was 17-point performance off the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

It marked the first time he led the team in scoring since Jan. 25, 2013. He also ranks fourth among active players (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Chris Paul) in career steals and 22nd in NBA history.

The team also inked veteran forward Thomas Robinson to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. The former fifth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft has hopped around the league with Los Angeles being his sixth team heading into his fifth season. He averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 12.9 minutes in 71 games played with seven starts with the Brooklyn Nets last year. 

The Lakers now sit at 20 players under contract ahead of training camp that’s set to be held at the Robertson Gymnasium on the UC Santa Barbara campus from Sept. 27-Oct. 2 for the first time since 1999.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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