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Reports: Lakers having conversations to bring back Lamar Odom

Jul 8, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol back on the front lines for the Lakers?

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.

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.

  1. acdc363 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I always knew it was Paul and not Pau !!

    • anhdazman - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Hahaha, good proof reading.

      • folys40 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Not only good proof reading but also a good sense of humor. Nice!

  2. jeffw - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    With Kobe, Nash & Gasol on the roster, obtaining Odom makes the Lakers the clear favorite to win the 2007 Championship!!!

    • johnsmith1973 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      you are an optimist.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      much to my chagrin…that was good…

  3. worldbfree4me - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Odom is garbage! Khloe took his “Testicular Fortitude” and locked it her purse!!

    • anhdazman - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Kardashian curse.

      But in all honesty, LA might look at tanking. I mean Wiggins, Kobe’s future replacement will be available. Might as well get the best shot at him. You know how the lottery ball should favor a team like the Lakers.

      Wiggins and the Lakers are a match made in heaven. NBA is better when the Lakers have their superstars! (DH12 doesn’t count!)

      • heat256 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        You think Kobe will sit out if he’s healthy so they can stink it up? Will Gasol? They may not be good but they are not going to be as bad as the Sixers or Bobcats or Celtics. They will most likely not get Wiggins. However, the draft is deep so even if it’s at least top 10 they can at least get someone productive.

  4. dls612 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I hope Odom gives them his butt to kiss and pau should ask to be traded dealing with all the rumors of them getting rid of him! Now desperation is taking over!

  5. sfsugator - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    odom I guess we already have hella bigs

  6. readysethike - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    without even knowing lamar…but id bet he would rather play for the clips and contend then play on the lakers again…the way mitch dumped him im sure he took that personally

  7. asimonetti88 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Would love for Odom to be back. One of my all-time favorite Lakers.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      @asimonetti88
      Lamar is one of my all-time favorite also. If he can get back in shape and get his head on straight. He can still contribute!!!!! We could use his versatility plus, he is a good fit with D’antoni system.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        agree as well. loved LO. he would be on that “ultimate potential” list of players as far as doing everything…but not doing everything. Rasheed would be on that list too.

  8. 407magic - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Another desperate move by the lakers lol. Lets bring in another guy in his mid/late 30s who sucks at sucking unless its his wife’s feet. Epic fail LA

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Not sure how it is a desperate move. On a one year deal, he would help the Lakers a lot. We do not have much frontcourt depth right now, with just Pau, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre under contract, and 2nd round draft pick Ryan Kelly trying to make the team.

  9. spthegr8 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    @407magic
    If you are a Magic fan, than you are an EXPERT on failing & sucking!! ( NH ) So you would know MUCH better than we would!!

  10. bellerophon30 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    The Lakers won’t have the best odds to get Wiggins, but Chicago didn’t in 2008 when they got Derrick Rose, in fact I think they had the second worst odds.

    As for Odom…….well he’ll play “hard” for the Lakers, that’s been proven. For a vet’s minimum contract, absolutely. The mini-mid-level they’ll probably need for Kaman.

  11. tigerpork - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Might as well bring back derek fisher also.

  12. BigBeachBall - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Just called up Congo Cash, he said hes on his way to LA for the reunion season….

  13. harshedmellow - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    It just keeps getting better for us LAL haters.

    Which just made me realize….. LAL…. LOL…. coincidence?! I don’t think so!

    • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      nice. please tell me who your team is so I can make lame troll comments. nah…on second thought, I have too much class for chicken-shhh stuff like that.

  14. zacksdad - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    So let me get this straight, they want to bring back a sensitive player and have him coached by an insensitive coach. This coach has alienated Gasol, Howard, and Jamison. And they think Odom can handle this?

  15. nightrain42 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Good move for LA if he takes it. Cheap, little risk.

  16. rodyaugu - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Kobe is fragile right now, Lamar Odom is exactly who they need to console him.

  17. jammer73 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    The Lakers will be about as good as they were with Randy Pfund as head coach. LOL! Welcome to mediocrity suckers!

  18. azkeith - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I heard that Jerry West is available…

  19. rodericksilva - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    32 FINALS in 65 years. They should be allowed a year off every now and then.

  20. dale19357116 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Lamar say “NO”.THEY PLANNING ON USING YOU LIKE A “SLAVE ” and Gasol get all the credit.You know the way “RICH EUROPEANS “PLAY THE WORLD GAME.

  21. lakerinvader - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Well now that Dwight is gone. I mean he was really never here he left his talent in Orlando. Lamar on the other hand is a on and off player. Good days and bad days but I think he’ll be good cuz he needs to prove himself. I say we need a big body. Bring back shaq get him in shape. With gasol in there if he would lean the skyhook. Oh we still have Kobe.

  22. thekumbaman - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    They should pick up Lamar and keep Metta!!!!

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