Lamar Odom is Desperate to Play for LA Lakers

5/31/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Apr 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Lamar Odom (7) against the Portland Trail Blazers at the American Airlines Center. The Trailblazers defeated the Mavericks 99-97 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

In a recent interview on the Max and Marcellus show on 710 ESPN, Stephen A. Smith told the guys that Lamar Odom is desperate to come back and play with the Los Angeles Lakers again. Well, after last season he's probably desperate to play anywhere, let alone LA.

Odom had a rough off-season, but he made things worse for himself once the season started. The former Sixth Man of the Year found out he was being traded when the Chris Paul trade went bad. So he promptly requested a trade, and ended up on the Dallas Mavericks. There, he played decently at first but then things got bad. He didn't show up for some games and practices, then got sent to the D-League for a spell. Eventually he was taken off the roster.

Now, after that kind of a season, Odom wants to come back to the Lakers. The question is, do the Lakers want him. They have some serious depth issues which Odom could certainly help fix. He's not the greatest player in the NBA, and is past his prime, but he's still better than what they have, that is, if he comes to play.

There's still no telling if Odom is over whatever kind of emotional funk he was in last season. He seems to think he is, but only time will tell. At this point, he's more of a liability than anything, especially when so many teams are struggling with the salary cap and new luxury tax. The Lakers are one of these teams.

If the Lakers can get Odom for near the veterans minimum, then they should definitely do it. If nothing else, Kobe will be happy to have his friend back on the team, and there's not much for Kobe to be happy about right now. Also, at this price, Odom won't be too much of a liability.

He can help the Lakers out, even if only for flashes of time, and it's something that's worth the organization considering.

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