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Odom wants to stay in L.A., but does anyone want him?

Aug 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Greg Oden, who last played in the NBA in 2009 and has had multiple major knee surgeries since then, got a contract for next season before Lamar Odom.

Which tells you about how far Odom’s stock has fallen.

He is battling Antawn Jamison and Al Harrington for the “veteran forward at the end of the bench” role and is losing out. His apparently rocky personal life is all over the tabloids and that is a distraction most teams do not want around, which when combined with his wishes for where to live and ideally wanting more than the league minimum has made it difficult to get a deal done.

In a Q&A this weekend, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel gave a small update on the Odom question from a Heat perspective.

Word is Lamar’s preference is to remain in Los Angeles. But if he is amenable to the minimum, I would have to think Pat Riley would find a place for him in Miami. While he has not been the same player the past two seasons, he still would have value as a utility player, if he is willing to accept such a role.

This is a good jumping off point to break down where Odom stands.

Let’s start here: wherever Odom plays next season in the NBA it will be for the league minimum. At this point that’s all that teams are handing out (the teams that can or might be willing to hand out more are not places Odom wants to play). Odom is now 34 years old and he has seen a serious drop in his efficiency the past two seasons (PERs of 9.2 and 10.9) — even if you think he can bounce back, he can’t do it to his Sixth Man of the Year levels.

Both the Lakers and Clippers have had conversations with Odom, but there has been no deal.

The Clippers have the roster spot and could use the front court depth (unless you think Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens are the answers) but the fact they had him on their team last season and haven’t made an offer to bring him back is telling. The Clippers are meeting with Jamison instead.

The Lakers also have the roster spot and it felt like they were getting the old band back together with Jordan Farmar returning. But the fact is they need athleticism and youth. Odom doesn’t bring those things anymore.

Miami is unlikely. With the signing of Greg Oden, the Heat have 14 guys on the roster. Technically Jarvis Varnado’s deal is not guaranteed, but the Heat also have some interest in second round draft pick James Ennis. Maybe Miami would have interest, and you would think Odom would be comfortable there (having played there before), but it’s not likely. Are the Heat really looking to add a tabloid distraction to the locker room?

So here we sit, with Odom still on the market. Eventually he is going to get a shot somewhere, but the question is where? And when? It might not come until after camps open and due to injuries or performance teams start to look at who is still on the market.

  1. sportsnut101 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    No Thx for this diva who lost his game

    Lakers don’t want u n thats saying alot cuz they need help
    but they wanna get younger

    maybe China league will sign him but he ruined his chances in Dallas n clippers

    • tyreice - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      detroit shuld sign odom for a good reason why back up for smith

  2. addictedzone - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    It’s not that teams don’t want Odom, they likely don’t want the K kontingent katastrophe sideshow that comes with him.

  3. onbucky96 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    If he loses the Kardashian, he can play for Milwaukee. Though to see her suffer in our luxury-free Bradley Center may be worth the fake drama.

  4. dolphindubs - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Getting involved with the Kardouchians ruined his career.

  5. abchome - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I’d take Odom over Jamison any day. Yet it’s a pain in the bottom to see the K family every game. Damn!

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    at this point I’d rather have Khloe playing power forward than Lamar

    • topdawg4ever - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      How could you tell the difference?

  7. redbullenergydrink - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Maybe your daddy never taught you to choose your woman wisely.

  8. kb2408 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    It might be time to hang em up, L.O. Either that or join T-Mac over in China. What an in-glorious way to end a pretty good career, albeit an underachieving one. At 6′ 10″ L.O. had Magic “like” skills. He probably should’ve been a much better player than he was. All in all, still a beloved former LAKER. Without him sacrificing and coming off the bench the LAKERS probably wouldn’t have won the 15th & 16th titles.

  9. ringjames - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Come back to Miami, Odom. LeBron is cool with Kim and Kanye so it’ll be like family. All the young celebrities be at the Heat games anyway.

    • stayhigh_247 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      @ringjames
      wow, you really have no idea how you sound , do you?

  10. sportsnut101 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I like kloe better then odom

  11. amusicunlimited - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    useless article

  12. giantssb42champs - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    The Kardashian Kurse. Everything they touch turns to Krap.

  13. ruggedry - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Lamar is still able to pull 10 a night 5 rebounds 3 assit easily off the bench hes one the smartest basketball players in the game him a kobe derek fisher an duncan have really good bball iQs

  14. jamieaadams - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    There’s always the D-Fenders.

  15. richdaddy1231 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Lamar just live of your skank wife and her family and u will be set for live…cuz u really can’t play

  16. thekumbaman - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Lamar is a underrated beast. had a solid season last year. teams better get on it.

  17. rob2854 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Another Kartrashian disaster, poor poor Lamy

  18. im2gr84u2h8on - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Lakers, c’mon.

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