Metta World Peace regards Clippers as his preferred destination, according to report

Doug Pensinger

The quixotic veteran forward has interest in a handful of contenders, but prefers to stay in L.A.

Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has the Clippers at the top of his list of potential free agency destinations, according to a report by USA Today's Sam Amick:

A person with knowledge of World Peace's situation told USA TODAY Sports that he now has the Los Angeles Clippers atop his list of possible destinations. The Queensbridge, N.Y. native previously had his hometown New York Knicks as his preferred choice his list of favorites, but he is now said to be more interested in joining the new-look Clippers while being able to avoid relocating. Both teams appear to have interest in adding World Peace, but would only be able to offer him a veteran's minimum contract of $1.4 million annually.

The New York native is also reportedly considering the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers.

World Peace was waived by the Lakers earlier this week under the league's contract amnesty clause. If he is not claimed by another team during the two-day amnesty waiver period, he would become a free agent. World Peace's recent comments -- that he might retire, play arena football, or play in China rather than report to a team that claimed him -- are clearly meant to warn any non-contending team against picking him off waivers.

Metta World Peace made 66 starts for the Lakers in 2012-13, averaging 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. It was a surprising return to form for the veteran, who had not averaged more than 10 points per contest since 2008-09.

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