Jul 8, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
It’s not going to be the same as 2010, but there are talks going on according to a couple reports. That starts with this from Mike Bresnahan at the Los Angeles Times.
They are intrigued at the chance of getting Lamar Odom back, not just for name recognition but also because the Lakers need some players who would gladly take minimum salaries.
Odom, 33, made $8.2 million last season but might have to take a pay cut to $1.4 million, the veteran’s minimum for a player of his experience. The Lakers could also sign him via their “mini” midlevel exception of $3.2 million.
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here, talks are early according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Lakers have reached out to Lamar Odom, but it been hard to determine how high interest level is on either side thus far.—
Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 06, 2013
Odom certainly would like to make more than the minimum and he’d like more than one year so the Lakers could be his fallback.
But Odom on a one-year deal could fit for the Lakers, who need to get through this season then keep their cap space open for the summer of 2014, when the real work of rebuilding the Lakers now will take place.
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