Los Angeles Lakers Report: Metta World Peace To Come Off The Bench

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Dec 21, 2012 02:01 PM EST
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (R) drives on Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas November 24, 2012.(Photo : Reuters) "

As Mike D'Antoni continues to tinker with offensive rotations, one move has much to do with the starting small forward, Metta World Peace.

According to a tweet by the Kamenetzky Brothers, formerly of the L.A. Times and ESPN L.A., Metta will "probably" come off the bench in Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

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Devin Ebanks took the starting small forward spot in Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. D'Antoni has already made the commitment to move guard Kobe Bryant up to the small forward position, giving Jodie Meeks the starting shooting guard role.

Metta will play as the back-up power forward off the bench, which has led to no playing time for Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill. Also leading to trade rumors for Hill.

Though reports suggest Metta's move to the bench will extend beyond Saturday's game, it doesn't necessarily make it permanent. D'Antoni is in the process of getting to know his talent a personnel so there will be more tweaks to come in the future.

D'Antoni is looking for versatility in his roster and will likely settle on a regular season rotation soon. Though this is something usually done during the offseason and preseason, D'Antoni hasn't had that luxury coming in to replace former head coach Mike Brown.

Also D'Antoni is still awaiting the return of his floor general Steve Nash. When Nash returns, things migt get a little easier for D'Antoni and the Lakers.

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