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Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be Laker again

May 30, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

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And Dallas fans are shaking their heads….

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reportedly said on a recent radio broadcast that Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be a Laker again and that he and his agent will speak to Lakers management about it. (Hat tip to Because of the bombastic source, please sprinkle the rumor liberally with salt.

That follows last week’s report that Odom wanted to be a Knick.

We keep hearing that “being comfortable” where he plays is the big issue for Odom, so you expect to hear about the Lakers where he won a ring and has a home, or New York where he grew up. At some point I would expect we will hear Miami rumors as he played there as well.

If Odom is willing to take a steep pay cut, he can play wherever he wants.

The Lakers likely would be interested — they could use depth up front, especially if Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum gets traded — but couldn’t offer any more than the $3 million mini mid-level exception. Which may well be more than the Knicks could offer (they have a full $5 million mid-level exception but will likely have to use all of that to retain Jeremy Lin, and after that all they can offer is a veteran’s minimum deal). The Heat will have the same mini mid-level as the Lakers and, as these playoffs show, could certainly use the depth up front.

It’s a far cry from what Odom was making, and he likely can make more money on the open market.

But if it really is about fit and comfort, he’s going to have to make a sacrifice to get it done. We’ll see if he really is willing.

  1. savvybynature - May 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    “We keep hearing that ‘being comfortable’ where he plays is the big issue for Odom.”

    So basically, he wants to go some place where he will be babied and the coach doesn’t have the authority to call him out when he doesn’t feel like trying.

    Sounds like a real winner to me.

  2. digitalpoo - May 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    “johnhollinger John Hollinger
    Reminder: If waived Lamar Odom can’t rejoin Lakers until one-year anniversary of trade, Dec. 11.
    about an hour ago”

    • zacksdad - May 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      And Dallas needs to waive him or buy him out. I love how Kurt always puts these rumors without any of the any facts.

      • chicitybulls - May 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        That’s his m.o. He always does that. Can’t let a little thing like facts get in the way. This guy is a joke.

  3. 700levelvet - May 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Just give Stephen A. some Cheese Doodles, and he will say whatever ya want……

  4. BigBeachBall - May 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    it’s like someone getting cut from a team and then showing up for practice the next day…. he’s in denial.

  5. ohnothatguy - May 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Just ask kris kardashian where she wants LO to play and thats where he is playing

  6. lakerluver - May 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    If its really about being loved and welcomed and not about the money, L.O. will be a LAKER again.

    • loungefly74 - May 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      wouldn’t that be awesome (for us laker fans)? I couldn’t care less about the reasons but if LO is back in LaLa Land…i’m lovin’ it.

  7. wlubake - May 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be a basketball player again.

    Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be a grown man again.

    Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be relevant again.

    (Because, you know, last year he wasn’t)

  8. shockexchange - May 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Lamar was the subject for Walt Whitman’s “Unrequited Love”

  9. aboogy123456 - May 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    This could be the biggest steal of next year. To get a motivated Lamar back for about the same money they pay Josh McRoberts, that would be awesome. A lot of the trade rumors involving gasol don’t get the lakers another power forward in return, so if any of them come true, I’d rather have Lamar starting, rather than mcroberts or hill.

    • passerby23 - May 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Odom is irrelevant at this point. He’s always been enigmatic, is getting long in the tooth, and now coming off a year where he did basically nothing. He is not going to put the Lakers over the top, especially since they’re going to want to use that money to sign a good point guard.

  10. astrosfan75956 - May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Stick a fork in him.

    • badintent - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      I think he gets comeback player of the year, in LA …for the clippper ! gotta love that storyline.

  11. smcgaels1997 - May 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    This guys an absolute Chick….is this guy for real?!

    • Hoss - May 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      I guess you don’t like women?

  12. thetooloftools - May 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Mrs. Lamar Odom wants him to be with The Lakers even more.

  13. cheers4ablumpkin - May 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Yessss. If they were smart they would resign him. And get rid of pau

  14. cantonbound13 - May 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Lamar & Bruce Jenner need to find where the Lardashian women hid their balls.

  15. exibitsman - May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I dont see the lakers signing him he’s 35 yrs old

  16. mahhelo - May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    If I understand correctly, he will be receiving 2.4 million from the Mavz if they dont pick up his option. So this will lessen the financial blow if he returns to LA for 3 mill

  17. boilerup1869 - May 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM


  18. drunkenjunk - May 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    F you Lamar. You are a douche.

  19. Chris Fiorentino - May 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I’m trying to figure out what reason in the world the Mavs would have for not picking up the $2.4 million option on Odom. Why would they not do it, then watch him go to the Lackers? I don’t think Cuban is beyond paying a guy $2.4 million and letting him rot on the bench. Odom would be a pretty talented 12th man. I am sure he can wave a towel with the best of them.

    • passerby23 - May 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      There are lots of reasons why they don’t want to pick up the option:

      1. Odom was a cancer in the locker room.
      2. He didn’t want to be there.
      3. He was a bust.
      4. They could use that money towards another more impact player.

      I wouldn’t $2,400 to keep this guy around. He can go to the Lakers. It’s not going to matter.

    • wlubake - May 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      If they pick up the option, it is over $8M. There is a $2.4M buyout. Odom will be bought out, but probably not by the Mavs. I expect him to get traded on draft night to a team looking to cut salary.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Yeah, I don’t know how I mixed that up. I still don’t put it past Cuban to pay $8 million to not let Odom end up where he wants to go.

  20. barbeaux - May 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    He’s such a child. I personally don’t believe any of that stuff about him having a bad year because or distant family issues. He just gave up because he didn’t like where he was.

  21. footballgod87 - May 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    In Stephen A’s defense, he was the first guy to state as a fact that Lebron was going to Miami

  22. lakerluver - May 30, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I could be wrong but last time I checked L O was still 6′ 10″ tall and can play any position on the court. And, I believe he’s only 32. So, for anyone saying he’s done, or wont get signed, your insane. Just look at all the stiffs in the NBA!! Guys like Darko, Joelle Anthony, Kwame Brown!! Trust me, Lamar didn’t lose his skills overnight. He simply didn’t want to leave L. A. Could he have dealt with it a lot better? Of course. I hope he does play for the LAKERS again next season. If he does you doubters will see the Lamar that won two rings for the PURPLE AND GOLD.

  23. dt24 - May 31, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Bringing back lamar is a great idea. Mike browns offense doesnt facilitate having two 7footers in the post, bynum got that gig! Having lamar at starting power foward gives you 6″10 guy who can drive and shoot from the elbow, something pau had trouble with all year. Trading Pau for some younger athletic wingman/guards and bring back lamar could be just what the lakers need!

  24. davincizsp - May 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I think this guy is kinda player who can give u a bit of surprise when u r wining but can never save u while u r in a deep sh!t

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