- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Metta World Peace won’t be a Maverick.
According to a source, the Mavs don’t intend to enter a bid for World Peace during the amnesty waivers process. The Los Angeles Lakers used the amnesty clause to waive World Peace yesterday.
In a previous life as Ron Artest, World Peace was an All-Star while playing for coach Rick Carlisle with the Indiana Pacers in 2003-04. Their time together ended in ugly fashion – Artest was suspended for the majority of the next season after the infamous Malice at The Palace melee and traded early in the 2005-06 season – but Carlisle has been consistently complimentary of World Peace in recent years.
While Carlisle might have been open to a reunion, the 33-year-old small forward -- who averaged 12.4 points per game last season and is no longer a dominant defender -- simply doesn’t fit into the Mavs’ plans.
The Mavs have approximately $8.2 million in salary-cap space and intend to use it to address their glaring void at center. They don’t want to commit any more money for a small forward, a position of strength with Shawn Marion as the starter and Vince Carter coming off the bench.
The Mavs met with center Samuel Dalembert on Thursday. They are also one of three teams -- along with the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat -- considered the top candidates to land comeback-making former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden.