Lamar Odom reportedly also interested in Los Angeles Lakers return
A source Hollywood Life on Monday that “it’s very close if not already in the works that Lamar is reuniting with the Los Angeles Lakers,” noting that the Odom wants to retire as a Laker. Earlier, a source from ESPN also reported that the Lakers had reached out to Odom, “but it been hard to determine how high interest level is on either side thus far.”
The 33-year-old Odom has struggled to find to some stability with a team ever since moving out of Los Angeles. Odom had the most productive time of his career with the Lakers, winning two titles in 2009 and 2010, establishing himself as a key member of the team and the versatile connection to bridge the gap between the mesmerizing Kobe Byrant and Lakers big man Pau Gasol. But Lamar Odom was traded by the Lakers in 2011 after the failed Chris Paul trade was voided by the league. Odom was reportedly unhappy that his name was thrown in the failed trade talks, and as a result, general manager Mitch Kupchak moved him to Dallas in exchange for a conditional first-round pick.
But a series of personal issues and physical struggles severely affected Odom during that period so that he had his worst season with the Mavericks. His performance didn't make much of a case for the Mavericks to keep him around for next season, so they traded him to the Clippers last June as part of the four-team trade that landed Howard in Los Angeles. Odom failed to come back from a the 2011 disastrous season and had another uninspiring year with the Clippers, which did little to redeem his image.
Call it nostalgia (or whatever) but the Lakers seem to have an interest in Odom this year, and the several reports suggested that the player himself could be close to re-signing with his former team as well. Or at least Odom is open to the idea if the Lakers were to offer him a contract (though the Clippers have also made an offer which many believe is Odom’s best option on the market.)
Moreover, the Lakers have some vacancies due to the departures of Dwight Howard and Earl Clark and it has been reported that the team could use a “big presence” which should set up Odom’s return to Los Angeles if he is able to fill the role.