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Lakers Rumors: Lakers Have Reached Out To Lamar Odom

hi-res-7039392_crop_exactThe Los Angeles Lakers will be initiating their Plan B as a result of Friday’s news that Dwight Howard agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets instead of the Lakers.

With a massive payroll even without Dwight Howard on the books, the Lakers are very limited financially of what they can offer to fill in the holes of their roster for next season.

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According to ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers have interest in their former Sixth Man of the Year, Lamar Odom. In fact, the team has reportedly already reached out to Odom.

Lamar Odom spent seven seasons with the Lakers, where he averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and won two championships. Things went sour for both sides when Odom was a part of a trade package along with Pau Gasol for Chris Paul. After that deal was famously nixed by the league, Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

He was eventually bought out by the Mavericks and joined the Clippers last season where he continued to struggle to put up the numbers that he did with the Lakers. Last season with the Clippers, Odom posted 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

While those numbers aren’t too impressive, the Lakers only have the mini-mid level exception or the veteran minimum to offer free agents. Lamar Odom would fit the financial criteria but it hasn’t been determined whether or not the interest is mutual.

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  • Jim213

    Good start to plan B as I had mentioned last wk… don’t bother with DH for the $118 million and get talented players though Iguadola and JR have signed with other teams… I knew our lousy management didn’t have a plan B aside from begging Dwight to stay… With the Lakers traded our 6th man I don’t know but Paul should’ve been the one to go…

    • jeremy

      the plan the whole time was see what howard does and try to put a good team together while making cap space for next season

      • Jim213

        Disagree, now the people involved are saying that they knew that he was going to come back!?!? should’ve initiated the plan weeks ago when the free agent pool had more talent…

  • Islesteelr

    Time to get The Band back for a reunion Album…. All we need is Ariza!!

    • lorenzo

      yes

    • Janice S. Roberts

      what Steve responded I’m startled that any one can make $4200 in four weeks on the internet. did you look at this web page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

    • Jim213

      Ariza getting paid after the Lakers run… unfortunately too much cap tax likely… It would address the lack of young player depth too aside from his athleticism. Yes, if it’s possible

      • Not Possible

        not gonna happen…im a laker fan. And I can tell u right now…Trevor Ariza will not be returning to L.A. for mini mid-level pay or for less pay to that matter when he left L.A. in the first place because they did not offer him more…

        • Jim213

          We agree then…

  • lorenzo

    yes please! Do it Mitch!

  • 3339

    If the Lakers get Lamar Odom back, they will essentially have the same lineup that played most of the critical moments during the back 2 back championship seasons. Only difference is that Nash is the PG instead of Fish. we’re gonna be fine

    • Jim213

      Agreed, adding Elton Brand can put the lakers back in playoff contention 4 or 5 seed for sure…

    • Not Happening this season

      Why would Lamar O’Dom leave the Clippers who just got an elite coach who has a title; and he has two title championship w/ the team who traded him away in the first place to make room for CP3 who’m he now plays with. “Don’t Be Fooled, O’Dom…Stay across the court!” Mike D’ Antoni has no defense and no rings as a head coach…this ought to tell you something…makes sense????

      • huy

        clippers fan detected. you are not welcome here bro. fucking bandwagoner, who was your favorite team before cp3 came to the clippers? lol

    • Not Happening this season

      Those two rings O’Dom got were under Phil Jackson’s coaching staff…and not, Mike D’Antoni who is still seeking his first title as a head coach.

  • Tekno Viper

    Yes, bring him back, and also Ariza, Sasha, Farman, Fisher, Turiaf, Super Mega Healthy Freaking Hair Bowl Style Bynum and ring stealer Adam Morrison o_O. At least Adam got his free ring before Dwight.:-P

  • Sti1lmatic

    Lamar is a G. Bring him back where he belongs.

  • LAKERMAN

    WHAT? LAKERS DID ODOM DIRTY SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PLAYED HIS BEST SEASON FOR THE LAKERS AND THEY TALK ABOUT TRADING HIM AND FOR CHRIS PAUL WHY? THEN YOU WOULDNT OF HAD NO BIG MEN ODOM NOT COMING BACK AND IF HE DO ITS JUST TO STAY IN L.A, HE WONT REALLY PLAY HIS HEART OUT LAKERS DOIN GASOL DIRTY TOO KEEP TALKIN TRADES AND CUTS WHY WHEN IF NOT FOR HIM WE WOULDNT HAVE THE LAST 2 RINGS FACT IS HE CLEARY WANTS TO STAY A LAKER KOBE WANTS HIM TO STAY A LAKER SO WHY BOTHER THE MAN? SMH LAKERS ARE MESSIN UP BIG TIME

    • Jim213

      Disagree, Gasol hasn’t lived up to the expectations with Lamar again trade gasol in a 3 team trade for Rondo…. bettering the options of obtaining a superstar in 2014… as no one will come to LA without some player depth and talent to make a run a few titles…

      • LAKERMAN

        REALLY THE YEAR BEFORE GASOL CAME LAKERS LOST TO BOSTON GASOL COMES IN LAKERS WIN 2 RINGS AND WEAK MINDED THE DUDES SUPER RICH CAN GET ANY GIRL HE WANTS YOU REALLY BELIEVE IT WAS CUZ OF SOME GIRL HE COULDNT FOCUS IT WAS CUZ OF THE LAKERS OFFICE TALKIN BOUT TRADING HIM THEY ALREADY LOOKIN TO MOVE HIM FROM WHERE HE WANTS TO STAY WHY WOULD HE GO COMPLAIING TO THEM COME ON THINK DUDE AND AS FAR AS HIS PLAY BLAIME COACHES NOT GASOL THEY PUTTING HIM IN POSITION WHERE HE HAS LESS OFFENSIVE TOUCHES BASICALLY TAKING HIM FROM UNDER THE PAINT AND MAKING HIM A SHOOTER HE CAN SHOOT BUT THATS NOT HIS GAME HIS GAME IS AT THE BASKET EVEN PHIL JACKSON SAID THIS AND WE DONT NEED NO DAMN RONDO WE NEED BIG MEN SO WE CAN GO BACK TO PLAYING INSIDE OUT LAKERS OFFICE FUCKED THE LAKERS UP

        • Jim213

          Relax with the CAPS… It’s good to post to get the frustration out… When Gasol won those two rings the Lakers had depth… Since, he hasn’t lived up to the expectations that includes being the second best scorer of the team. Kobe got injured b/c he was trying to do too much aside from getting help from no one else… could happen again if KOBE doesn’t get any help which = retirement for sure.

          Agree, Jim BUST is clueless and M Kupcake couldn’t sell girl scout cookies aside from pitching the best viable options to CLUELESS management. Like I posted last wk, sign Lamar former 6th man of yr.. why he got traded instead of Gasol? dumb founds me to this day… at least he earned his salary during regular season. J Farmar is still available I believe, sign him too trade and get rid of Blake to clear up cap space and alleviate taxes.

          Trade Gasol in a 3 team trade to help attract another superstar to LA in 2014 b/c no one will want to play for a team that has nothing going for them and wait for them to build around them… given today’s NBA contracts it’ll be worthless to sign a superstar and build from there as by then their contracts will be up in 4 or 5 years down the line… wasted $$$.

          • LAKERMAN

            I STILL DONT AGREE WITH YOU RIGHT ODOM SHOULDVE NEVER BEEN TRADED BUT YOU CHECK OUT GASOL NUMBERS FROM THAT YEAR DOUBLE DOUBLES HE NOR LAMAR SHOULDVE NEVER EVEN BEEN IN DISCUSSION ABOUT A TRADE GASOL CAN DOIT ALL THE 3 BEST POWER FWD IN THE LEAD WHO CAN SCORE INSIDE AND OUT AND REBOUND BECUZ OF HIM YOU HAVE 2 MORE RINGS AND YOU REALLY WANNA GET RID OF HIIM BECUZ OF HOW DUMBASS COACHES CHOOSE TO USE HIM? NO WAY ITS NO BLAIMING GASOL MIKE BROWN DIDNT USE GASOL TO HIS STRENGTH HE TRIED TO MAKE GASOL A SHOOTER REALLY MAKE A POWER FWD A SHOOTER? WHY? SO THIS IS NOT GASOL FAULT YES THEY SHOULD GET ODOM BACK AND THEY SHOULD GIVE GASOL THE FREEDOM HE HAD WITH PHIL JACKSON WATCH HIS NUMBERS GROW EVEN HIGHER LOSING GASOL WILL RESULT IN KOBES EARLY RETIREMENT ALSO I LIKE WRITING IN CAPS IDK WHY I JUST DO

          • Jim213

            OK LET’S KEEP GASOL AS LONG AS IT’S MARC GASOL…HE’LL GET TRADED WATCH… AT LEAST THEY HAVE ANOTHER BIG GUY TEMPORARILY IN CK.

          • lmaonade

            The only reason Gasol hasn’t lived up to expectations is that he doesn’t fit into the systems of Brown and D’antoni, he’s a passing big man with an absolutely beastly low post game, he was born to play the triangle, unless D’antoni starts using him more where he belongs, we’re not going to see much out of Gasol (still can’t be worse than last season though, an over saturation of super stars is never good for anyone, it saps possessions and touches from those who could use them best)

          • Jim213

            Thanks for pointing this out… but still have doubts about his game these past few years. He hasn’t been able to adapt well…

          • Jim213

            Thanks for pointing this out… but still have doubts about his game given these past few years. He hasn’t been able to adapt well as it’s also very unlikely that Phil will return. It just seems like he would be more valuable somewhere else given that the style that suited him here correlates to Phil’s style. He was an all star with Memphis if I’m correct.

          • RATIONMAN

            Makes more sense than just being a LAKERMAN.

        • WHATEVER DUDE

          DUDE…YOUR PLAYIN’ FOUL BALL…FIRST YOUR CHRONOLOGICAL CLAIMS ARE ALL WRONG…AND SO DID LAMAR O’DOM THE SAME YEAR GASOL WAS ADDED. IT WAS AFTER THEY LOST TO OKC IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE POST SEASON PAU BLAMED HIS WEAK PERFORMANCE ON HIS PERSONAL SOCIAL LIFE. IF HE CAN GET ANY GIRL BECAUSE HE’S RICH THEN, WHY DID HE MAKE THAT CLAIM INVOLVING HIS CHEATING GIRL FRIEND. I DON’T THINK HE WOULD HOOK-UP WITH ANY GIRL WHO KNOWS HE MAKES A LOT OF MONEY…AND UNLESS PAU JUST WANTS TO POKE GOOD-LOOKING BITCHES WHY WOULD HE BE DATING JUST THAT GIRL, ONLY IF HE CAN HAVE ANY GIRL HE WANTS?

  • ra

    LO should sign w/Lakers, and very well could do that. I’m sure he’d rather stay in LA, where his home is (Calabasas – in Khloe Kardashian’s pad). If he doesn’t go to Clips, I think he is bound for Lakers.

    As Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues said (Blues Brothers), “Let’s get the band back together again”. The “CHAMPIONSHIP” band. If the Spurs can get that close to a Championship, so could the Lakers, very easily, with some of the old gang.

    I’m also for re-signing AB. I think he didn’t like Philly. He longs for LA.

  • quickster007

    Playing him next to Pau would help the Lakers with his long arms. Even Dwight said, playing the Lakers with Lamar & Pau bothered him that was back in 2009 finals. It would boost the starting lineup. I hope dumtoni will have an 10 men rotation so injuries won’t be as bad as last year. The Lakers are desperate now a days. When you hang a banner to sign a player in and bringing back old ones just a sign of desperation. Dumtoni, 10 man rotation

    • ra

      The Lakers strength years ago was their length. That included Pau, Bynum, and LO. The defense was amazing, and opponents had trouble with it. Getting rid of LO last year (to Dallas) caused a dip in that defense, and DH didn’t make up for it (he has ‘jumping height’ more than ‘length’).

      So, it would make sense to get LO back for that, and I still think AB could come back, but 1) don’t think he would want to, 2) Lakers couldn’t pay for him now, 3) his injuries make him a liability more now.

  • Steven Tan

    Plz do bring back Odom n sign Chris Keman and CP3.

  • Red

    Lakers are over the hill they need to rebuild. Get younger players for the future they will never win a championship with there current coach. I love kobey but its time to move forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Add Elton Brand and bring Chi Chi “The Machine” back. Then we’ll have:
    Kobe, Chi Chi, Blake, Nash, Morris, Farmar & Goudelock
    Brand, Odom, Kelly, Hill
    Gasol, Kaman, Sacre

    Now Roster is COMPLETE, Let’s TAKE ANOTHER RUN FOR IT!

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