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Report: Lakers, Clippers would consider Odom return if he cleans his life up

Nov 14, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

Lamar Odom AP

If you have skills that are just hard to replace or replicate — say, if you’re a 6’10” point forward who can score and dish — you get second chances in the NBA. And third chances. And…

Which brings us to the case of Lamar Odom.

Odom is out of the NBA right now after a summer where he got popped for a DUI, was reportedly using some hard drugs, checked into then out of a rehab facility, had serious relationship issues with his wife (Khloe Kardashian) and generally seemed on a downward spiral. This after he flamed out in the NBA with Dallas then the Clippers the past two seasons.

But if he could pull himself out of that spiral, the Lakers and Clippers might be willing to take a look and give the 34 year old another chance, reports ESPN.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to monitor Lamar Odom’s progress as closely as they can, and would consider signing the enigmatic free-agent forward should Odom prove that his personal and legal issues are behind him, according to sources with knowledge of both teams’ thinking….

Odom recently began training again with an eye toward making a return to the floor during the second half of the season, sources have said.

You can be sure both teams would be VERY careful about bringing Odom back. Very. The Clippers are 6-3, atop the Pacific Division and with a roster that is starting to figure itself out. Why would you throw a volitol player who brings a ton of tabloid media attention into that locker room? That said, the Clippers need more depth up front (no offense Ryan Hollins).

The Lakers certainly could use more talent up front as well (they are 4-6), but this is a team in transition and would they really roll the dice on Odom as a player at this point?

Because Odom, when he’s right, brings a unique skill set this is not out of the question. However, after the past two seasons followed by the mess he was last summer personally, it seems a real long shot any team would take a chance on him again.

  1. bougin89 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I hope Odom gets his life together but it’s been a while since he’s been able to “score and dish”.

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      He’s hopelessly out of shape, apparently suffering from mental issues and a possible drug problem, and is 34 years old. Lakers should sign him up! LOL!

      • ranfan12 - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        Or the heat. They like giving players second chances

  2. asimonetti88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    There are some veterans in the Lakers’ locker room like Kobe, Nash and Gasol that he’s comfortable with… we could use talent of any type so might as well give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out, no big deal… not like he could ruin a championship contender or anything here.

  3. reesesteel23 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    He’s tired to the LA scene. He wants to get away and go down to the far, far Southeast part of the United States……..if you know what I mean.

    • Wammy Giveaway - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Yes I do. Automatic championship if he signs with the Miami Heat.

      Problem: they have a full roster. One of them will have to be cut.

  4. jolink653 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I dunno; adding a personality like Odom to a locker room could make for an extremely VOLATILE situation

  5. wingsfan97 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    If they can get him clean and him back to his sixth man of the year will be a good pick up

  6. flyingvien - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    volitol lol

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Is that anything like Geritol?

  7. mackcarrington - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    A supposedly “professional” writer uses words like “volitol”.
    Surely you must realize that your credibility has taken a huge hit?

    • mytthor - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Not supposedly “professional.” Professional. The word has a meaning, it means you get paid to do what you do. He gets paid. Therefore, not supposedly professional, but professional.

      Now I’m not one of these Kurt bashers on this site, but they guy makes the occasional grammatical or spelling error. If you think this particular misspelling is somehow making a huge hit on his “credibility,” well, I don’t know what to tell you.

  8. muhangis - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    I like Odom, just may have ran out of talent (or something) at this stage.

    • spursareold - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Yeah, while drugs are THE problem in his life, I don’t think they have much to do with his basketball slide. Unless he’s been “coking” for three years, that is. He really hasn’t been worth a crap on the floor since the Lakers traded him to Dallas.

  9. ufools - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    What is a “point forward”? These editors….geez

    • spursareold - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      That’s actually a position that Don Nelson invented. He had no PG one year in Milwaukee and used SF Paul Pressey to initiate the offense. He wasn’t a point guard, so they started calling him a point forward.

  10. kclanton80 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Odom was a great talent and its a shame to see his career dwindle prematurely. With that said, only a desperate franchise would consider signing him at this point. The chances of him regaining the desire to be even close to what he once was is slim to none.

  11. bizieman - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Why bring him back? He gave up on himself already. He should join a inner city pick up league so he can drink and smoke in the parking lot before and after the game.

  12. fordmandalay - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Because if there’s one thing the aging, decrepit Lakers lineup needs its a 34 year old forward who’s got serious drug issues and who hasn’t played in a year.

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