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Report: Lakers not all that sold on Lamar Odom

Jul 26, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

Lamar Odom AP

For a while it seemed likely that the Lamar Odom would find his way back to Los Angeles with either the Clippers or Lakers.

The Clippers have seemed to move on — they have Blake Griffin, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, Byron Mullens and Ryan Hollins who can play the forward spot. Interest there appears dead.

So then what about the Lakers… that doesn’t seem close, tweets the well connected Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

Why is Lamar Odom coming around? He doesn’t have options.

But the Lakers are right to be leery — this is not the Sixth Man of the Year Odom. He had an unimpressive PER of 10.9 last season with the Clippers, and a PER of 9.2 the year with the Mavericks before that. After a couple seasons like that, why think he will even be an average player now? Plus, he and his wife are going through a tabloid-covered marital issue that would bring a different dynamic to the locker room.

The Lakers are bringing in 6’7” four Elias Harris (formerly of Gonzaga, drafted late in the second round) and while his deal is not guaranteed they are giving him a healthy buyout, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. There is interest there.

The Lakers have a roster spot or two left to hand out, but they apparently are not interested in making Odom that guy.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Maybe the E channel will pay his contract in LA for the Lakers to make him more happy on his little TV show.

  2. mikejr80 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Lakers better take whomever they can. With Kobe being hurt, what chance or choice,do they have at being successful lol

  3. smoothaswilkes - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Love me some Lamar but this is not shocking news. There are much younger, cheaper, and ultimately more productive options out there for that role on the team. As mentioned, Harris is one but more likely that slot goes to Landry, who can play both forward positions and is a much better 3 point shooter.

  4. mcjon22 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    This guy is shooting blanks at this point,

    Just like in real life. Right Khloe?

  5. ambitoos - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    It’s been all down hill for Lamar since he married. He’s always been a bit of a head case but I couldn’t stand the thought of seeing the KKK at Laker games every night Maybe he’ll catch on in Turkey He could replace Farmar..

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Odom is one of the most done players in the league… I don’t blame them.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Odom needs to go someplace where he can re-invent himself. And he has to let his woman know that basketball is his career and that to be proficient requires minimal distractions. He’d better do it now before it’s too late.

    Just play ball man.

  8. onlyavoice - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The Lakers Already Had Enough Of Mr. Kardashian.
    Some Losing Team That Wants The Kardashian Headlines Will Sign Him, The Sad Part Is Is That It’s Not For His Basketball Skills.

    • gmsalpha - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Why Do You Capitalize The First Letter Of Every Word? That Is So Weird.

  9. bchapman2011 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Dude has been finished for two years and hereally lost his skills overnight. The last player I remember to go downhill that fast was James Worthy. Big Game James was elite one minute and the next season his career was completely finished.

  10. Dave - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM









    • bchapman2011 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      I am a loyal Laker fan but you have to be smoking the good stuff if you think the Lakers have a chance at even making the playoffs this year. They are going to be a below .500 team this year. If they were smart they would sit Kobe for half of the season and tank it for draft position. It is going to take two years, a coaching change, and Jim Buss getting out of the way for the Lakers to turn this ship around.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        as a Laker fan…you should know they don’t “tank”. I hear ya…but i’m glad they don’t plan to do that. I still think they can get in the playoffs…somehow.

    • ambitoos - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Your cap lock button is on fool.

  11. mrlitl - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    Lol. I was thinking the same thing.

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    The name of the game for the Lakers this season is “Try to please the fans while simultaneously being awful, getting the best draft picks possible, and not signing anybody to longer than 1 year deals.”

    So far they are doing an excellent job. Bringing back a bunch of popular Lakers will keep the fans happy, while also ensuring a terrible season and not committing any serious salary beyond this season. A+

    • brewdogg - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      So you’re saying they SHOULD sign Odom? That would fit the criteria….. Some fans would think it’s awesome, and more than just his lack of game would help the Lakers lose a lot. He gets some more Laker spotlight to feed his ego, the wifey can do some Twitter feuds with Kobe, and everybody’s happy!

  13. thekumbaman - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    lamar would be a perfect fit for this team. They should have never let him go in the first place. he had a solid season last year. we could defiantly use the one of a kind lamar like never before.

    • joescan54 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Why bring more old players, that are past their prime?

  14. thekumbaman - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    lamar would be a perfect fit for this team. They should have never let him go in the first place. he had a solid season last year. they could defiantly use the one of a kind lamar like never before.

  15. pellypell - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    At this point, I think His wife Khloe would be a better signing. She’s a beast from downtown.

  16. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Hey, Dude opted out of being serious about his athletic profession years ago; the Lakers milked the last resolve and wherewithal from him to get him to show up during key games during the Jackson and Kobe era (took both these guys to get occasional response motivating him). Then came the reality show? Of course he was gone, and thank goodness not to return!

  17. jimsjam33 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    The last time I looked the Lakers won a World Championship without Dwight Howard .

    • joescan54 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      No one in the Laker organization thinks that they are playing for an NBA title this year, and if someone does, they need to be replaced by someone who’s a little smarter.

  18. jameskatt - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Unfortunatly, Lamar’s personal problems have trashed his professional basketball career.

    He has been a headcase ever since he became a Kardashian.

    His heart is no longer in basketball.

    Sad to see.

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