The Lakers officially guaranteed the contracts of Metta World Peace, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas on Thursday, the deadline to waive players with nonguaranteed deals.
With the news, the Lakers’ roster remained at the maximum 15-player limit.
World Peace, 36, sat out 14 consecutive games before playing Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors. Despite the Lakers’ poor play this season, team officials like his veteran voice in the locker room. He will make $947,000.
Black has rarely played this season and has been sent numerous times to the L.A. D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. He is making $845,000.
Lakers coaches were intrigued by Huertas during exhibition play but he hadn’t made an impact at the NBA level after several years as an effective player overseas.
Huertas, 32, is averaging 3.4 points and 2.8 assists while earning $525,000.