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Los Angeles Lakers Sign Kansas Forward Thomas Robinson; Metta World Peace Likely To Extend Contract

By Donna Marie Lapena Padua , Sep 22, 2016 02:37 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers are out and about as their training camp schedule approaches. Recently, they have announced that Thomas Robinson is signing to join the team and extending the veteran Metta World Peace for another year.

Robinson, 25, is a known power forward from Kansas with four years of experience in NBA. The history of Robinson's basketball career started with playing for Kansas when he was picked by the Sacramento Kings in the 2012 draft. Robinsons also has a long "trade-in" history in NBA when he was traded by the Kings to the Houston Rockets during his rookie season. After playing for the Rockets, Robinson also came to the court with the Portland Trail Blazers before being traded again, this time to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 6-foot-10 player spent the last NBA season with the Brooklyn Nets before withdrawing from his contract. He soon became an unrestricted free agent.

Robinson played in 77 games last season, averaging 12.9 minutes play, making 5.1 rebounds, and hitting 4.3 points in average per game.

Meanwhile, it is expected that the Lakers team will come with an agreement with the veteran World Peace, for a year of non-guaranteed contract.

"I can still play," World Peace told Time Warner Cable. "It's great to be going to training camp."

The Lakers first had World Peace in the team in the 2009-2010 NBA season. As per records, Peace started in 77 games that season for the Lakers and has been a part of the team's chase for the championship title. The season ended for them with a successful Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics. World Peace then remained with the Lakers for four more seasons before he was waived in July 2013 through the amnesty provision to reduce tax bills.

The kick out led him to the New York Knicks for a time before playing in China and Italy.

World Peace came back to play for the Lakers a year ago under a one-year contract to play a reserve role. He took part in 35 games last season, averaging five points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

World Peace served 16 NBA seasons and has been known for his defensive skills. He has a recorded average of making 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

With the addition of Robinson and Peace to the team for this upcoming season, the Lakers have a full training camp roster of 20 players, which should be trimmed down to 15 players for the regular season.

The Lakers set a day with the press on Monday before they head to Santa Barbara for the start of their training camp on Tuesday. The team is to have "two-a-day" practices on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and will close the camp on Sunday.

The eight-game pre-season schedule for the Lakers will open on Oct. 4 in Anaheim against the Sacramento Kings.

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