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Lakers Rumors: Could The Lakers Still Be Interested In Lamar Odom?

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Houston Rockets v Los Angeles LakersThe Lakers currently have the best bench in the NBA, ranking first in scoring, rebounds, assists, offensive efficiency, and second in defensive efficiency. Now imagine what could happen if one of the Lakers most talented bench players of all-time joined that group.

According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN LA, the Lakers would consider bringing Lamar Odom back if he can prove that all of his personal issues are behind him. The Los Angeles Clippers are also believed to be considering bringing back Odom.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers and Lakers — who both registered interest in signing Odom this past summer until his private life became a near-daily subject for the tabloid media — will have renewed interest in the 33-year-old if he indeed makes a comeback this season.

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.

During this offseason, Odom’s personal life was the subject of every news outlet and tabloid. Odom went missing for more than 72 hours and was alleged to have been using crack. Despite these issues, many believed that the Lakers had offered Odom a roster spot in the offseason.

Neither the Lakers or Clippers have contacted Odom recently other than to check on his mental well being, but Odom has begun working out in hopes of returning to the NBA around the midpoint of the season. Of course, if the former Sixth Man of the Year was to return it would be in Los Angeles where he has had the most success.

The Lakers are currently carrying 15 players on the roster so they would have to release someone to make room for Odom if they were to bring him back. Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry, and Elias Harris are all signed to partially or non-guaranteed contracts and would be the most likely to be cut if needed.

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  • cutthisbitch

    cut shawn williams dude is a hardcore scrub

    the only stretch 4 he’s doing is stretching the asshole of mike dantoni after practice

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      yeah, agree… I had high hopes for Wiliams, but he’s has nothing more to offer to the team… if we can have LO back.. it would make sense to cut williams.

  • Lakers Fan

    Why won’t we just play Ryan Kelly? He is the stretch 4 D’Antoni loves, so why won’t we give the guy a try? We have got to move on from these old, washed up ex-Lakers. We have the best bench in the league, so why ruin their chemistry adding a player like Lamar? This is obviously an auditioning year for these young players on our roster, so we need to see what they can contribute to us in the long run. That’s why I think Kelly deserves a shot. Leave Lamar where he is at.

    • jeremy

      there nothing wrong in giving odom a look, if he can prove he can help the lakers in some way there nothing wrong in bringing him back. he will be a low risk high reward player. it not like Williams is doing great.

      • Lakers Fan

        I’m not getting worked up. I’m just simply making a statement. Believe me, I know the Lakers need improvements and I’m all for players to help with that. But why go out and get an older player, when you have a young stretch 4 on the bench who has a pure stroke. And he’s not too bad on the defensive end of the floor. We are auditioning players this year to see who will still be with us come next year. Odom might can give us experience, but right now he need consistency and young legs. Kelly can help just as much, if not more than Odom.

        • jeremy

          im all for kelly playing and think he should get time, but it also wouldnt hurt to have odom who a vet and know what it take to win. since the young thing actually not working out so well as you see were 4-6.

          • Lakers Fan

            I agree 100%. But if we were to acquire Odom, then Shawn Williams would be cut which I’m all for. But if we are trying to get Kelly playing time, then it would be hard to try an divide minutes between 3 players, considering Pau and Hill take up most of those minutes.

          • jeremy

            even if odom is back we dont even know when and kelly if use will have all the time in the world to get min before lakers even think of bring odom back some time in the second half.plus if kelly were to play he would have to play now because when kobe back there will be even less min to have, since wes will take up SF/PF min

          • Lakers Fan

            Well that’s what I’m saying. We don’t really need Odom. It wouldn’t be fair, or make sense, to sign Odom when Kelly can be a really good role player.

          • jeremy

            yea i get what your saying. so for the time being just give kelly the keys to back up PF and see what he does. since it cant be any worst then Williams

          • Lakers Fan

            Williams shouldn’t be in the rotation at all. Right now I think Kelly should get those minutes, and if he doesn’t play well bring back Lamar.

          • Stephon Canada

            I AGREE

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            There is a reason why there are players that are called rookies and veterans. I wouldn’t put my hope on a rookie who haven’t played a lot… and was picked late into the second. I don’t understand your thinking… it’s not like Kelly was the second coming of Tim Duncan… he was projected to be a second rounder and he was our pick late into the second quarter. Can you give some sense to this?

          • Lakers Fan

            What exactly are we playing for? Bring realistic, we’re not going past the first round if we make the playoffs. Not because we don’t have the talent, but because we are terrible on the defensive end of the ball. Unless we can pull off a trade for some defensive players, we’re going no where. I’m just simply saying give Kelly a try. I’m looking towards the future cause that’s all we can do right now. I’m not trying to make Kelly into a “save the season” type of player. He has a pure stroke, and is the stretch 4 that would thrive in D’Antoni’s system. I’m just saying give him a try. And he is not too bad on the defensive end. I watched a lot of Duke games and he is not bad on defense at all. This is an auditioning year like I said before. If we could give Kelly Shawn William’s minutes, we can see exactly what we have in him. If he sucks, cut Shawn Williams the second half of the season and sign Lamar. That’s all I’m saying. Give the guy a try, especially since we see that he can shoot the ball extremely well.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            “What exactly are we playing for? Bring realistic, we’re not going past the first round if we make the playoffs…”

            Let me ask you a question? the 2004-2008 lakers, what exactly did they play for?… Secondly, WHy is there called a rookie and veteran? thirdy, Why iis it that OKC hasn’t won a championship adn Miami, SPurs, LAkers have?

            I am going to answer it for you… EXPERIENCE!

            YOu have got to have your team have the experience of a playoff together, and learn to win together…

            Another question, When did you become a mature man? Can’t we just come out of out mothers womb already mature men and women? Why is there a thing called learning?

            Yeah, i guess you were right… we started as inexperience, young, raw, people until we learned through loses of our own…

          • cj

            hes was projected by most to be a mid to late first round pick but he got hurt late in the yeard and his stock fell.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Nerlens Noel was also projected to be first round… and was has a more severe injury than Kelly, and Noel was still pick high in the first round… get my point…. there are people who are called talent scouts…. they are not doing there job for nothing.

          • cj

            noel was projected as the first pick in the draft, kelly around 20ish range. noel fell to 12 kelly fell to 45.

    • Elcid Martinez

      That makes a lot of sense. Kelly can shoot the three and was a solid defender at duke. Why not? Although the shawne/Lamar choice is an easy one. If he can contribute and is mentally healthy let’s get Lamar.

  • jeremy

    if odom prove the drama behind him and prove he still got game in him, im all for him coming back in the second half and taking Williams spot.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    ???

  • lakers_824

    Id rather have LO then shawne williams any day of the week plus Lamar is a great locker room guy who can keep the chemistry where it should be and it only seems right but I still miss fisher hell id take fisher over nash right now

  • 5xob

    Say byw to Williams and harris and welcome back crac… I mean odom yell

    • jeremy

      what wrong with harris, he hasnt got a shot yet.also we would only need to cut one not two to bring back odom

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Harris is assigned to the D-league along with Kelly…

  • Gregory Choa

    With all due respect to Lamar Odom, who probably does deserve a shot to redeem himself and end his pretty amazing career on a good note, I just don’t think the Lakers need to gum up the works with a move like this…for a couple of reasons; a) the Lakers need to continue to get younger, not older, b) I’m not sure how much of a great “glue guy” or “locker room guy” LO is anymore – that stunt he pulled, crying on the radio and not reporting to camp/practice in the wake of the failed Chris Paul trade – left a seriously bad taste in my mouth…he’s never been the same player/person since…and c) thought they could probably get him for cheap, not only would Lamar need a roster spot (who to cut), but would need fairly significant minutes/PT to be productive…where are those minutes coming from? It’s not like Shawne Williams and Ryan Kelly are playing a lot to begin with… Just don’t see the sense in making this move.

    • jeremy

      if you havent notices like 70% of the team is young. 5 out of the 15 players we have are 30 or older. so how much younger do we need to be. because as of right now the young thing not working out so well since were 4-6. it not about being young anymore. it about having talent to score and play d and using that talent the right way. also playing well on a game to game bases.

      • Gregory Choa

        …so, whose minutes/PT are you taking away from in order to find meaningful minutes for Lamar…Jordan Hill? I mean, we finally just got the guy into the starting lineup for chrissakes! Kaman?? I trust Kaman more than I trust LO as our first big off the bench… It’s not like Shawne Williams, or Ryan Kelly, or Rob Sacre are getting any real minutes to begin with, so it’s not like they’re the ones you’d be sacrificing…althought you kind of would be…
        Being consistent, and playing well on a game to game basis is going to come from getting friggin’ Kobe Bean Bryant back, not Lamar Odom…

        • jeremy

          the lakers need to be consistent even without kobe. lakers shouldnt have to rely on kobe to be that guy that get the team going. that putting alot pressure on kobe who coming back from a big injury. i would like the lakers to be more conistent now. it not like lakers dont have the talent to do so they do. they just cant seem to be consistent which is so annoying.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed in theory but Kobe is that for this team and his absence is proving it everyday so far. I still hold out hope they can get it together before Kobe’s return but Gasol will need to do what he has not done on U.S. soil as a basketball player.

          • jeremy

            the starters seem fine without kobe now since hill been starting, but kobe would be a big help, but i just want some what consistency, so the lakers records wise wont be in a big hole that kobe has to help pull us out of. since that what it seem like were going towards. i just want the lakers to prove they are a decent team without kobe and kobe just the guy who will help take them to the next level.

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s what we as fans all want. I’m sure D’Antoni and staff want that also. It’s up to the players to go out there and execute.

          • Gregory Choa

            As maddeningly frustrating or annoying as it may be, it’s been a point of reality with this team given; a) how young some of the new guys are, b) how new to this team some of these young guys are, and c) how much actual depth there already is on this team! That said, I think you’ll see a much more consistency from this team in the wake of this latest re-alignment of the rotation(s) with Hill and Johnson now starting, and Ryan and Harris re-assigned to the Defenders.

          • jeremy

            i understand what your saying, i do hope this is the starting line up we stick with we arent going to get better if we keep changing line ups. were already 10 games in it time to get a rotation and stick with it and im glad to see harris and kelly going to get work in the d league i will be looking to see kelly shine.but i did wish kelly would of got a shot with the lakers. since Williams has had up and down play. but i guess it better for kelly to get more then the on avg 12 min willams get. because i think kelly could start in the d league. well i hope he does

          • Daryl Peek

            Williams is a much better defender than Kelly it seems. I look at his game against the Clippers blocking Griffin’s shot, coupled with other blocks he’s had in games he’s played.

          • Gregory Choa

            I also thought Shawne played some really good minutes, and decent D, on Howard in Houston.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            You just contradicted yourself!!! You mentioned above that “we should continue to get younger not older”, we are not looking to get younger anymore…. as you said, we have gotten young this season, the reason we are inconsistent and frustrating. We need experience and veteran help. And we can have both in Lamar Odom.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          We are not asking LO to play 20+ minutes… 10 minutes is all we need from him.. I think he will be more than effective in those 10-15 minutes that is available for him, specially in the second half of the season.

          • Gregory Choa

            really? …more effective than the current platoon of Kaman and Williams (with Sacre for good measure) in relief of Pau and J. Hill? and knowing that MDA has also been been giving some of those precious few backup PF minutes to Wes Johnson in some of his rotations???
            Dude, I just don’t see it…and, I would argue that 10 minutes per game isn’t an ideal role for Lamar, nor would he be all that effective in them.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Yes, he will be effective than williams… A Kaman-Odom front court is so much better than a Kaman-Williams… Experience wise and skill wise.

          • Gregory Choa

            We’re just going to have to agree to disagree on this…besides, Williams has a guaranteed deal, so the Lakers aren’t going to just cut him to create the roster spot…same for Sacre. So, that leaves Ryan, Harris and X with the partially guaranteed deals. Henry’s not goin’ anywhere and Kelly and Harris are being sent down to the D-League for further development – a smart move by the FO – not sure they’d want to cut either one just to bring Lamar in to play 10 minutes a game while Shawne Williams DNPs at the end of the Lakers bench.
            Again, I think there is this Triangle Nostalgia that some Lakers fans still harbor to this day, between the “We Want Phil” chants, and this fawning over Lamar Odom…who is still a major headcase, BTW.

          • Guest

            i have to stop you right there because the story says willams is one of the few guys who has a partially or non-guaranteed contract. so he not on a fully guaranted contract. so money wise woudnt hurt that much

          • Gregory Choa

            OK, you’re right, my bad…Shawne Williams’ $1.03m deal is only partially guaranteed. Still, I’m not sure Odom is a better fit in this offense than Williams, or even the better defender…and he’s certainly not a better 3pt shooter…and still, the move to me smacks of Triangle Nostalgia and a player Odom USED to be. He was terrible in a similarly limited role with the Clippers last season, what makes you think he’ll be any better now with the Lakers? As to this talk of Lamar being a “great locker room guy”, again, I cite the almost infantile cry-baby antics and overtly unprofessional and dishonorable behaviors that got him traded from the Lakers in the first place, in the wake of the aborted Chris Paul and the subsequent aftermath, with Lamar checking out the way he did. He didn’t exactly ingratiate himself with his teammates, including Kobe Bryant, then…not sure why he’d be trusted now…

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Odom will be a better fit to this system… he is a stretch 4… versatile enough to handle the ball and can dive to the basket on pnr. The MDA system is a read and react system, there is no set play as Nash alluded. Odom will thrive on this system… And please stop that triangle nostalgia thing…we are so over that…and no body is mentioning triangle here moving forward.

  • Daryl Peek

    Not against a LO return but I’d rather see the current group continue to develop.

    • Jim213

      Stop it Daryl, I’ll have to pull up your summer posts. Although, my concern has always been his off the court issues along with his conditioning.

      • Daryl Peek

        Stop what? Pull them.

        I’ve always contended I’d rather see the team stay the current course. My opinion has always been that most want LO back as a getting the band back together thing, nothing has changed on that view in what I said.

        • Jim213

          Looks like it’s a 13 man roster. D league assignments.

          • Daryl Peek

            We all knew this was gonna happen. Unless one of them are released there’s no room for LO. I like this move. It will help their development and allow MDA to focus on more consistent rotations.

          • Jim213

            Trade rumors: Pau Gasol For Zach Randolph?…

            If for $9 mil a year then yes but given Randolph’s current salary $16 mil, too much to risk $$ for 2014 FA, IMO.

          • Daryl Peek

            Where did you see that?

          • jeremy

            is the rumor true? because it would be nice to have him, but that would put the lakers in a tough spot. since would we want to go small and have hill start or change mess with hill and have kaman start.plus i doubt lakers want any big contracts that go past this year

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            ZAch is 6-10 and Hill is 6-10… that is good enough for me to man the posts… remember, not many huge centers are playing in the league today…

          • jeremy

            hard to disagree with that. plus it not like pau this big time defender. but the big question is his contract. like i said i dont think lakers want a big contract on the roster come the offseason

          • Daryl Peek

            Z is making too much money over the next two seasons for the FO to consider a trade for him IMO also. Couple that with his skill set not fitting the D’Antoni system. Z and Hill on the same team would be very redundant.

          • Jim213

            CBS (online). He makes too much $$ for his worth though not like Joe Johnson who’s seriously overpaid.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Where is this news? I would take it… Zach has a consistent midrange jumper… and rebounds really well… he and Hill are a good combo in the front court.. he is quick on his feet … my only reservation is the number of years of his contract. but given that Nash might actually retire this season… it makes a lot of sense.money wise.

  • Jim213

    If LO can show that all the drama is behind him which involves getting rehab out of the way and showing the ability to play at an NBA level then it’s worth a try… LO would be a shoe in at the 4.

    Although some believe that LO is washed up (summer debate) he’d bring more consistency at the 4 than what’s currently available. Don’t know if Laker fans would want to see the K family back though Khloe is alright.

  • Paytc

    Lamar still has enough youth and ability to step in and make an impact. That is if he is motivated and driven to do so? I am not sure how hungry he is, but you definitely would know he’s in the game. I still see the PG position upgrades and better defenders as a greater need ?

  • Action Jackson

    Yall r assuming LO will be in top notch shape..i highly doubt that

  • Nathan Harman

    Ryan Kelly! Coach doesn’t play him anyways!

  • dave

    The fact of the matter is that LO has more talent in his right hand than most of those players. If he rounds back into form, which he probably would knowing how much he loved being here, and yeah he got butt hurt about being almost traded, but he had every right to. He gave his all to this team, and took a pay cut to come back for rings. And the Lakers tried to pull a stupid trade. I don’t care if it was for Chris Paul, he was not worth Gasol and LO back then. Many people back then agreed he was the most talented save for Kobe. Some of you forget that he can basically play any position for an extended period of time. His length and experience and clubhouse presence plus Kobe’s return could be all we need to make a decent run in the playoffs. Veteran experience plus our awesome bench would give us a potent combination. I don’t give a shit who they cut with the possible exception of Xavier. Oh, and part of the reasons they want to bring back ex-Lakers is these motherfuckers have won rings, unlike these kids. They know what it takes in the stretch and playoffs to win.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Well said… well said!

      • vdogg

        concur. not only would LO bring championship experience, but his rebounding would be a most valuable asset. if his head is on straight and he has the fire inside, i say bring him back. you know that kobe, pau and farmar would welcome him with open arms. oh, and you know there is only one team lamar would run through a wall for.. and it a’int the clippers.

  • BG Surge

    All of you saying to bring back Odom are smoking the same crack he was!!! Lamar is done and had been for the last 2 years. Did anyone see how terrible he played with the Clippers last year??? If it ain’t broke, why fix it!! Lakers have the best bench in the NBA right now!! Without Odom.

    • jeremy

      because it doesnt hurt to try to improve the team and if he can prove he can offer something to the lakers then it wouldnt hurt to sign him. since he will be a low risk high reward player and it not like Williams is doing so great.

  • Lakers4Life

    Nah, Lakers don’t want/need Odom. We don’t need to add to the granddaddy-ness after having the old man Nash out with nerve issues lol. I wouldn’t say our bench is the best in the league — they simply play the most minutes, so this is all expected and I’d be surprised otherwise.
    Just get rid of Dumbtoni, Nash can retire and become head coach of Lakers for this season until Phil comes back next year after we pick up LeBron and a few other talents. Then we’ll be good to go for another championship run FTW!

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      That LBJ thing is rather highly unlikely to happen. If Odom is cleared and his off court issues is gone… we are so much better as a team. A rotation of Gasol, Hill, Kaman, Odom in the 4-5 position is as strong as any team out there. Let go of Williams… put kelly, Harris and Sacre on the D-League… and we are set for a run in the playoffs this year. Have Nash retire and join coaching staff..

      Gasol -Kaman
      Hill – Odom,
      Wes – Young-Henry
      Kobe – Henry-Meeks
      Blake-Kobe-Farmar

      Or if the rumor of a Gasol for Zach Randolf trade gains traction and actually materializes…

      Hill-Zach-Wes-Kobe-Blake
      Kaman-Odom-Henry-Meeks-Farmar

      You add a player like Deng to this lineup and Lakers is championship caliber team.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        A second unit of Kaman-Odom-Henry-Meeks-Farmar is like a starting unit on some teams…

  • NG

    Oh god, last thing we need is another player with issues….!

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