Metta World Peace might not be playing for the Lakers when the season begins next week, but he could still be on their bench.

The Lakers are interested in keeping the 36-year-old forward in the organization as an assistant coach, according to

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World Peace made a huge impact on the Lakers' rookies and young players last season, which is why the Lakers think he would be a good coach. However, World Peace reportedly wants to keep playing. If that means he doesn't earn a spot on Los Angeles' roster, he might look elsewhere.

The forward faces competition with China's Yi Jianlian and Thomas Robinson, both of wh

om impressed new coach Luke Walton during training camp.

There is one roster spot left, and the Lakers must make a decision before Monday at 5 p.m.

World Peace played with the Lakers from 2009-13 and returned to the squad in 2015 after he and Italian basketball club Pallacanestro Cantù were unable to agree to terms for a new contract.