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The Last Lakers Roster Spot And Why It Should Go To Lamar Odom

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Earlier this week Kevin Ding reported that Lamar Odom was warming up to re-joining the Lakers this season, but the lakers don’t seem intent on bringing Odom back — the team seems more willing to give an un-proven-but-hungry younger ball player. While it makes sense for the organization to want to go younger, especially with Mike D’Antoni still slated to stalk the sidelines, but it’s hard to fathom who the Lakers could bring in with more upside than Odom’s unique skill set.

As of right now, the Lakers have one open roster spot, and that last spot will likely go to one of three guys: Odom, Chris Douglass-Roberts, or Marcus Landry. Odom is the veteran who has played with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Douglass-Roberts is a guy who made it to the Lakers training camp last season, but never panned out. Landry impressed in the summer league like recent signing Elias Harris. Douglass-Roberts and Landry can both run the floor and would be great along side either Steve Nash or Jordan Farmar (Steve Blake isn’t exactly a speed demon); Douglass-Roberts can handle the ball in stretches while Landry can shoot from deep (42 percent from three in the D-League last season) and has played for D’Antoni before (with the Knicks during the 09-10 season before being traded to the Celtics).

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However, with all of the upside that both Douglass-Roberts and Landry afford, neither can provide what Odom can offer: big man depth at two positions and the ability to cut down the team’s turnovers.

This season, the Lakers will be rotating the likes of Chris Kaman, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Elias Harris in the center and power forward positions while Nick Young and Wesley Johnson are the team’s two small forwards. Bringing in a guy like Odom improves the depth at power forward and small forward immediately. Also, considering that he’s a pass-first forward who already has shown he can share the floor with Gasol (their game’s compliment each other so well), it makes moving Gasol to center for stretches easier for D’Antoni, who struggled to fit Gasol in at the four last season.

Kaman is also another big with high basketball IQ who moves the ball well. Sliding Odom in at power forward along side Kaman seems like it would be a natural fit. Odom’s ability to play small forward also opens things up to some awfully big lineups that teams would struggle to match up against. Kaman-Gasol-Odom is an aging, but rather difficult lineup for opposing defenses as all three can stretch the floor to at least 15-feet and bring the most favorable match up out of the paint to give the others room to operate around the rim. Also, with all three having above-average passing abilities for big men, their ability to both put pressure on defenses both scoring and passing the ball will be unmatched by just about every front court in the NBA outside of the Zach Randolph-Marc Gasol duo in Memphis.

What is most fascinating about potentially bringing in Odom, however, is his ability to cut down the team’s turnovers next season. In Odom’s last two years with the Lakers, the team ranked sixth and fifth in the league in turnovers, respectively. In the two years since Odom has been gone? The Lakers fell to 20th and 23rd in the league. The most significant change in the turnover spike has fallen in the hands of the Lakers point guards.

Take a look at the turnover percentage and turnovers per 36 minutes of the Lakers point guards over the course of the last four years.

2009-10: 6th in turnovers (13.3/gm)
Derek Fisher: 11.2, 1.3
Jordan Farmar: 11.5, 1.8

2010-11: 5th in turnovers (13.1/gm)
Derek Fisher: 10.9, 1.1
Steve Blake: 18.6, 1.7

2011-12: 20th in turnovers (15.1/gm)
Derek Fisher: 18.1, 1.9
Ramon Sessions: 18.8, 3.0
Darius Morris: 29.2, 4.0

2012-13: 23rd in turnovers (15.0/gm)
Steve Nash: 19.3, 2.8
Steve Blake: 17.8, 1.9
Darius Morris: 18.1, 2.4
Chris Duhon: 23.7, 1.8

One thing you’ll notice when going through the turnover numbers is that Lamar Odom took the ball out of the hands of the point guards a lot during his years with the Lakers. His ability to initiate the offense, and have a defender not used to playing on the perimeter cut down a lot of the turnovers that ended up happening over the course of the last two seasons.

While a jump from 13 to 15 turnovers per game may not seem like much, take into consideration that that’s about a four possession swing per game. The Lakers lost 37 games last season, 20 of which were lost by three possessions or less. This isn’t to say that Odom immediately fixes the Lakers turnover problems, but he helps out in a huge way. The Lakers struggles at the point guard have been an issue for years, but the presence of Odom helped hide that chink the Lakers armor. Without a forward who could handle the ball in stretches these last two years, that issue was amplified in a huge way.

The way things look right now, Odom probably will not receive the last roster spot for the Lakers, but he should get a serious look before deciding elsewhere. He’s a guy who can stretch the floor, run the floor, and slide into multiple positions on both sides of the ball. He’s a great fit for the system that Mike D’Antoni likes to run and meshes well with both Bryant’s and Gasol’s styles of play.

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  • Jim213

    Another solid perspective into why management should bring Odom back though they could still sign Odom at the 14th spot. Given that with close to $5 mil over it’s likely that management will still be making some trades to alleviate themselves of being TAXED.

    • Terrence

      Steve Blake seems like the only trade option at this point.

      • Ransom Ballard

        Actually getting rid of Blake, Meeks, and Hill gets us off the luxury tax hook.

        • Terrence

          They already chose not to get rid of Meeks. Don’t know why they picked up the option on his contract. I think we need Hill for the big man depth.

          • Jim213

            Agree, both Meeks and Hill are solid players but it’s more likely that Blake/Hill or Blake himself would get traded. Some teams to consider are 76ers and Mavs. As they’re below cap and could afford to acquire some more depth though this may be their plan to tank but either one of these players would help either team.

          • Ransom Ballard

            Yeah I’m sure I’m ready to get rid of Blake because we don’t know if Kobe will be able to start the season, and Nash lasting the whole year.

          • Jim213

            BTW, future backup to Nash Farmar is back and it’s very likely this will take place to alleviate the tax though down the line.

          • Ransom Ballard

            That’s if Farmar is not rusty first thus another reason not to trade Blake yet. I mean he’s been out of the NBA for a year.

          • Jim213

            He’s acquired and grown overseas given that they play more inside as opposed to spreading the floor (NBA). It’s likely that this may occur but we’ll wait and see what Jim Bust and Kupcake pull next.

            Should’ve brought in Nate then we’d be talking some true competition then but given his 2yr/$4.1 mil management should’ve pulled the trigger.

          • Ransom Ballard

            Nate is the least of our problems right now. The Forwards positions are more important than him.

          • Jim213

            Bro, Nate has agreed to sign with the Nuggs, he’d been an insurance policy given Kobe’s expected to be back around Nov/Dec. The Forward position is crucial today to increase our odds off having more wins than the last season.

          • Ransom Ballard

            Yeah, but we picked up Meeks’ option, signed Farmar, not traded Blake, and sign Wes and Nick we have plenty of insurance already. Now PF is another story.

          • Jim213

            Nate is the one person previously available that could’ve carried the team until Kobe’s return IMO same as last year with D Rose. However, that’s another story that ran its course but time will tell what management does to address the PF position though M Kupcake has mentioned that they intend to us Young as a SF next season unless something changes to re-shift the roster.

          • Ransom Ballard

            Especially when Kobe might not be ready to start the season.

  • aspiringcommentator

    Odom would be an amazing choice for the team roster this season. With the point guard position still in a haze, Odom being at the 3-spot would be able to make plays with his amazing court vision. Just as he did with the lakers (and the clippers a little), Odom is the one player out of the three main canidates that is guranteed to make an impact (not in the case of an injury of course) If the Lakers want to have the best chance of winning the finals again this season, they need to give themselves the best players they can. Overall skill is not the Laker’s main problem, they have alot of raw and natural talent on their team, but, basketball IQ and the ability to pass the ball cannot remain on the shoulders of Kobe, Pau, and mayby Nash/Blake. Lamar Odom would be an excelent pick for the Lakers.

    • Terrence

      Did you forget about Farmar?

      • aspiringcommentator

        no i understand Farmar’s return but again he wasnt the smartest PG in the game, back when he and Fisher played Fisher had a high b-ball IQ and showed it on the court Farmar is again a great source of talent not as much knowledge of the game

        • richard

          Farmar did account himself very well in the Turkish league. He has matured since he last donned the lakers unis.

        • Eddie Lazaro

          He was so young then, just coming out of college and still working on his goose bumps. Fisher was 8+yrs older and had that much if not more experienced than Farmar does. He came back the next year after working on his game and became another important piece on the 2010 Championship run with limited playing time. People are forgetting that Phil, not like West is not a fan of grooming Drafts and young, inexperienced players, that’s why most young players from Lakers do well with other teams when they get playing time. He was, with Stern and so many others are even critical of Kobe when he joined the NBA at17rs of age. Since then, it became a tradition to rely more on trading our drafts for experienced players and F/A.

    • Daryl Peek

      Nash is a lock. I expect him to look more like he did in 11-12. The PG position is set for the up coming season.

      • aspiringcommentator

        I wouldnt bet money on Nash, he was my favorite PG in the game for a while when he was basically an assist machine, whitch is what the Lakers need now, they need someone to make plays and get great looks

        • Daryl Peek

          Last season was the first time Nash was not that since he left Dallas. I would bet my house on him given that.

          • aspiringcommentator

            I’m just worried Nash has begun to lost his edge he will also be one of (if not) the smartest players in the game and i respect him for that. But nowadays the PG spot is more about individual skill and ability. Sadly, Nash is not that kind of player anymore.

          • Daryl Peek

            Well, coming off an injur riddled season Nash was still top 20 in assist, and still is the best pure shooter by the numbers percentage wise. Great players like Kobe and Nash don’t fall of the wagon overnight. Nash will be key next season.

          • aspiringcommentator

            but still, at 39 years old it will be hard on Nash to fulfill his responsibilities and play a large amount of minutes.

          • Jim213

            Agreed but with Farmar and Meeks likely backing him and Kobe up not to mention Young if he gets moves back to guard then we’ll be okay given the depth within the position IMO.

          • richard

            We have Farmar to back Nash up… We will be alright in the PG position. As I have mentioned… it’s at the 4 that we are a little thin… Lamar Odom solves that issue plus him helping out the ball handling duties, makes this move a no brainer.

            Do it Mitch! Get LO in here!

          • Jim213

            Definitely agree as many seem to overlook his game come next season.

          • Jim213

            Agree but he’s one of the top 8 point guards in the league who happens to play better at the position than most given his age. that’s another to consider that gets down played be analysts being Nash’s ability to compete at his usual high level.

          • lakerfan_5

            I love Nash, do not get me wrong whatsoever, but im going to have to disagree slightly, its just at this point in his career he is no longer at the elite level of point guards. His IQ and basketball savy are still what make him such a great asset, but there are way too many great, young, athletic, explosive point guards in the league right now to keep Nash in that upper echelon. Offensively when hes healthy he is still a threat no doubt, but he is a defensive liability and you gotta be able to guard these other point guards. I just would have loved to see us try and make a move for Nash a few years sooner rather than at the tail end of his rather brilliant career.

          • Jim213

            Yes, defensively he needs help as aside of having the ability to distribute, his shooting ability makes him the 2nd best shooter IMO.

          • lakerfan_5

            No doubt he is still a top shooter but I think you are forgettin there a lot of really good point guards in this league right now. Im not sayin Nash has nothing left because, I personally believe he does, just his age isnt helping him these days. And we also can’t base this off his longevity, I just dont consider Nash a “top” point guard anymore.

          • Jim213

            Understand your perspective though analysts still place him in the top 5 but next season will tell if he can assume the role of being the 2nd best shooter on the team … hopefully we won’t see anymore injuries or he’ll be placed on the trading block possibly, IMO.

          • lakerfan_5

            Yep lets just hope he can stay healthy :)

          • Jim213

            Hold you to it Daryl!

            However, if Nash comes back 100% healthy which he’s mentioned that he’s working on… like Kobe he’s a very reliable shooter and better at getting inside the paint than Kobe IMO. This and the youth within the paint will hopefully help Kobe to focus more on his strength (jump shot) while limiting his role inside the paint.

          • aspiringcommentator

            If Nash recovers to 100% i will be astounded and in awe. The lakers will definitely have a championship quality team if Nash is at the head at his full potential.

          • Jim213

            Hoping Lamar get’s picked up but if Nate Robinson happened to be acquired then we’d had some solid depth that would’ve placed us back in the contention mix though at the bottom of the list given that chemistry, depth, and the well being of the players will determine the teams success next season.

          • Paytc

            Jim213,

            I think Nate Robinson has signed with the Denver Nuggets or someone else out west?I would have loved to see Nate Robinson in a Laker’s uniform.If Odom played totally focused with championship desire,he’d be a great pickup.The question is….. what is Odom’s present mental state of mind?Odom could be a spark to the team as we have seen in the past.

          • Jim213

            Yes, last wk he agreed with the Nuggs for 2yr/$4.1 mil. Should’ve posted it better but If Nate could’ve been picked up (cheap) along with Lamar we definitely could’ve had a shot though in the lower mix but other factors would’ve determined if we would’ve been contenders.

  • Daryl Peek

    Sentiment is the only reason I’d be OK with LO returning. Not that I don’t believe he he can’t contribute. The rebounding and defensive effort he put in last season were respectable for a limited bench role player. We could use that gritty production but his shooting percentages would need to be drastically improved all around. One of the problems in bringing LO back is unrealistic fan expectations. They would eventually be clamoring for a version of the 2010-11 sixth man of the year LO. That’s not realistic, and no one knows if he has any of that still in him.

    I haven’t even touched on the mental stability side of LO. His life is a mess right now and the fact that he’s waffling instead of being decisive shows me a return to glory is unlikely.

    Lets not forget Shawne Williams is already a training camp invite. Daye could likely be there also. The team always carries much more than 14 during training camp. CDR didn’t help his case for an invite this summer but I still expect him there. Hopefully Landry will be also. Mitchell Watt, Travis Hyman, Lazar Hayward and Lester Hudson are other summer league youngster I hopes get an invite.

    • Jim213

      Disagree with your view about the 6th man but quote “clamoring for a version of the 2010-11″ sounds like the the $20 mil man Gasol who played best under the triangle.

      • Daryl Peek

        Getting the band back together is the theme in wanting the likes of LO, Sasha, Ariza and Farmar back. Gasol has been under constant scrutiny over the past few seasons. If LO returned and under performed he would face the same firing squad from the fans, just like Fisher did towards the end.

        • Daryl Peek

          BTW, granfathered in salary is moot at this point. Were looking at a one year audition for everyone but most of the Laker Nation villagers will not see it like that as the season actually progresses.

          • aspiringcommentator

            The fans (hopefully) know that this season is a trial run and that the Lakers are just trying for a championship, the reason they signed Howard, they knew they wouldnt keep him. With LO back in the picture the Lakers would be balanced and yes the band would be getting back together but hey didnt they win the championships.

        • Jim213

          It’s not about getting the band together it’s about reacquiring chemistry to stay competitive next season. Walton, Vujacic, ain’t coming back but bringing in Lamar isn’t a sentimental move this is a business it’s to help assure team cohesion. I don’t even think Lamar would face the firing squad neither given the limited risk involved in a 1 yr contract. It’s still possible though a distance away now.

          • aspiringcommentator

            It may just be the that the L.A. Staff just want a roster that they know has the potential to be great if that means bringing in players that work well together then by all means they should consider it

          • Jim213

            Doubtful given the one year contracts being dished out. IMO, it seems more of a tryout season for the youth and whoever meets the teams objectives will get an opportunity to resign come 2014 FA.IMO

          • Daryl Peek

            You gotta keep in mind who’s the HC. D’Antoni is more concerned with shooting and floor spacing than twin tower power. Gasol will absolutely be our starting center IMO. His game is Taylor made for it in the D’antoni system, especially with the possibility of Kobe missing the start of the season.

            This is why Daye and Williams are being looked at. Harris is a smaller version of Jordan Hill who D’Antoni see’s playing a Shawn Marion role off the bench IMO.

            In NY D-Antoni had a bunch of 6’7″ – 6’10″ tweeners that could interchange 2-4. I prefer the old school way but this is the direction the entire league is going. Our roster is being shaped like this as we speak. I got a strange feeling the bench is being set up right now for 2014 and beyond…

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ll say this, the chemistry your speaking of is banding back together in order to be competitive. I see a reenactment of 11-12 under Mike Brown if we went that direction. Fisher was let go in part because of the bands disinterest in change. That chemistry had it’s day. Farmar was young enough coupled with not really being comfortable with that chemistry in in the first place. Jordan is better suited to adapt to the current direction. This is the reason the FO is hesitant with Lo IMO

          • Jim213

            I see your point but I’m also thinking about the height advantage that many have mentioned bothered them when playing the Lakers. I don’t see Gasol getting moved to center as many would like without bringing in height and strength to the PF position to make the switch with Gasol, IMO.

      • aspiringcommentator

        I agree with you Jim but i believe that the fans (if Lamar is signed) would be happy that he was back in L.A. and would expect greatness. Which Lamar can bring to the table.

        • Daryl Peek

          Exactly my point. Most fans would expect greatness. If they don’t get it IRE will ring out.

          • aspiringcommentator

            yes but if the Lakers ever had the chance to take that risk now is it

        • Jim213

          I believe what fans (non bad wagoners) would expect the following season if Lamar is brought back is better chemistry amongst the team. Odom also knows what’s at stake if he’d happen to get pick up for a year which may buy him an extension or even hurt his future NBA aspirations likely leading him to tryout overseas play.

          • aspiringcommentator

            Which is a risk Lamar is apparently willing to take, he loved playing with the Lakers and was devestated at the trade but to be honest the Lakers only traded Lamar in hope of CP3 so their passing role would be filled (which Lamar can help do)

          • Jim213

            Agreed Lamar would help the team but he also gets the criticism given that he should’ve tried to negotiate a deal sooner weeks ago instead of making it seems like he was uninterested to an extent.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      Seeing you guys are having a great input about Odom, can’t help but put my 2pennies on the table. As we’ve all seen, Odom was never the same since the CP3 (rescinded) trade, going from one team to another to the next never fit him comfort, especially now. I do believe we can bring back the brighter side of him, given a chance. He works and listen well with Kobe, a big plus. His ability to take it to the paint is a nightmare match up for so many teams. A big guy with his rebounds, passing and defensive talent is hard to come by, and as cheap as he is, I will give him a year with an “Open Clause”, like a non-guaranteed type that he is not to bring Chloes (garbage) luggage anywhere near the locker room. With what happened last season and the Dwightmare, FO would not commit on him for the same reason, but knowing that the small risk on him is as much as a gamble on any of this younger kids, the return outweighed the rest.

  • NeeNam

    sign Odom and trade him for CP3.

    • ranfan

      Lol, I don’t think it’ll work that way unfortunately especially since CP3 signed a max contract for the clippers

      • NeeNam

        you sir is a bright man.

  • georgeforgy

    I go for Landry hes a dependable guy especially in defense, Odom I think had deteriorated over the last 3 seasons. Come on lets give Landry a chance.

    Look @ what happened when Howard was brought in LA, DISSAPOINTMENT. Id rather go with
    a nameless player than an over rated over one.

  • lorenzo stine

    i agree with the article. although if we can, we should snag all three

  • Daryl Peek

    Imagine this scenario; 2014 could likely see all the big fish opt to stay in place. Second & third tier stars like Luol Deng, Danny Granger, Greg Monroe, Klay Thompson, Demarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lance Stephenson, Evan Turner, Jimmy Butler, Ramon Sessions, Kyle Lowery, Spencer Hawes, Larry Sanders, Derrick Williams, Alexey Shved, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, ETC… can be the focus along with extending Gasol and Kobe a couple more seasons at a Spurs like lower pay scale.

    This is how I see plan B playing out. I’m good with that!

    • lakerfan_5

      Agreed. No point in chasing Melo or Lebron . Our best bet, I think, is hoping Kobe re-signs a 2 year 20 million dollar deal, We would be lucky if he takes that. Maybe even Gasol re-signing for a 2 year 12-14 million, if not then i guess let him go and then trying to get John Wall, hopefully he doesnt sign an extension in Washington,
      Jimmy Butler and Greg Monroe. We dont need Lebron or Melo, i dont see that working while Kobe is still here. These would be great pieces to build around when Kobe and Gasol are finished as well.

      • Daryl Peek

        Deng, Monroe and Thompson would be priority on my list. Hawes Lowery & Hayward secondary.

  • kevin lorenz

    wrong decision…Lamar Odom is a veteran…also helps the lakers to win back to back championship…Odom have more experiences in playoffs and championship…you must get Odom back…wrong move if will not get Odom back…

  • Islesteelr

    I Love what LO has done for the Organization. But, signing him will not better our Odds of winning a championship this year. We need youth in that last spot…. Landry or CDR. We need young guys that can step up into serious playing time over the next 3 years, alongside whoever we pick up in free agency the next two years!

    • terry

      I think Landry played great in summer league that is who I want for the last spot

      • Islesteelr

        He would be an awesome signing… I agree!

    • richard

      I beg to disagree here. what we need in the 4 spot is someone, a veteran who has the experience and can mentor J.Hill and the others, has the championship experience, and a solid locker room presence… LO is the only player out there who has this. I think, we can let go of Steve Blake… sign LO and Landry and we will be really solid…

      Our roster will be:

      Starting 5: Pau, Hill, Young, Kobe, Nash
      Bench: Kaman, Odom, Johnson, Meeks, Farmar
      Third String: Sacre, Landry, Harris

      That 2nd 5 is a starting 5 on some team. They will do damage playing against other teams’ bench. A very versatile lineup… we can go small ball or big.

      • Islesteelr

        The Lakers won’t let go of Blake. Not only is he under contract, but he plays both guard spots. And although I agree with the things LO brings to the table, the Roster spot should go to a young guy ( I’m diggin’ Landry slightly over CDR ) … Th young players will be groomed to either start , or play valuable minutes off the Bench

        • richard

          While I agree with you about giving the roster to a young guy… I don’t see how that would benefit the Lakers having too many young guys on the team… Johnson, Young, Farmar, Harris, Meeks, Hill are all young guys… adding another one is not gonna help. A veteran will, except if you are building the roster with the mindset like the Wizards.

      • lakerfan_5

        While I do not really like to admit it, Steve Blake played very well last year when Nash was out, and even along side him in some stretches. A great energy guy and competitor off the bench at both guard positions with good experience and a pretty reliable 3 point shot. I think he is a security incase Nash cant hold up anymore, and a valuable one at that.
        Secondly my only concern is Kaman hasnt been the same with some injuries his past few seasons, and Odom has seen very limited roles since he left the Lakers, so they arent the same starting caliber players they were 3 or 4 years ago. But they would provide some very nice depth on the interior with Gasol and Jordan Hill.

        • richard

          Right. Kaman ang Odom will not be starting.. they will be manning the bench.. that should address your concern about their level of play of late.

    • lakerfan_5

      The only thing here is, almost everyone on the team is not guaranteed to play beyond this season, so these “young players” especially are on the team but are essentially on tryout to see if they will get resigned or even to go get more money elsewhere, we arent exactly building them up to be the young stars of our future. Lakers refused to rebuild through that process. IE: when we had good young players like shannon brown, trevor ariza, etc. if these players want starting bigger roles for more money Lakers let them leave… So they are seen as bench players that the lakers could afford to pick up for cheap with all the money they owe to their starters.

      But it definitely will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple years of free agency.

      • Islesteelr

        I don’t think they’re being built up as up and coming starts either. Although , with limited draft picks in the future, it would be a huge plus. My point is signing young guys to hopefully stick, makes more sense to have along side the Prized free agents we hopefully attract…. Rather than just sign an Odom to a one and done contract in a year that will get us a 6,7 seed at best with him…. This is the first time in a LONG time that we have had this much quality youth on our team and in our system…. Sign them, and let them duke it out for the supporting cast on a team that will be stronger in the next 3 years…

  • vdogg

    they SHOULD bring odom back. kobe can get him to focus on basketball, and the lakers need his versatility and rebounding.

  • LakersandBolts

    Sign him to a non-guaranteed contract and give him a chance to regain his glory. Let him come back to his home team and save his NBA career. If he works out, he’ll be a great move, if he fails, we cut him and replace him with someone else.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Odom sit out until the trade deadline where his value might increase. Or the Lakers wait to pick him up until later to shave cap dollars and wait until a free space is created by trade.

  • Jeamhar Natu-el

    yeah bring back Lamar Odom! give the man a second chance! he deserves it! Either Lamar Odom or Trevor Ariza since one slot left on the roster! im not sure if Ariza is free agent now, but for sure he’ll bring speed and finesse to the team! For Lamar, he can bring up speed and length…Anyhow one of them is a missing recipe for this championship calibre team!

  • katarga

    experience – complimentary – defense – basketball IQ – lamar odom. get him signed.

  • katarga

    Lamar is a veteran, versatile and experienced player. Come playoff time, this is when the Lakers would see and appreciate his value as a solid asset.

    • Frank Padilla

      Odom is washed out

      • Jim213

        INTERESTING ONE OF THE LESS THAN 15% WHO BELIEVES SO…

    • WASHEDUPODOM

      ODOM WASHED THE F–K OUT BRO LOLOL

      • Jim213

        lol… Exactly similar to Gasol’s GAME ever since the triangles departure. But of course you’re going to back him up given he’s still in the team and hasn’t proven himself since and his $20 mil PAY while making more $$$ than Lebron BRO!… BELIEVE THAT!

      • Sagadiv Meliancovich Roper

        You made an account just to troll? lol You a Mavs fan? gtfo

    • WASHEDUPODOM

      “COME PLAYOFF TIME” LMAO! WHAT PLAYOFFS? LAKERS ABOUT TO GET IN LOTTERY IN 2014 BRUH

      • Jim213

        I seriously doubt your Clipps will win a title in the next decade especially after B griffin legs start going out since that’s his only strength.

      • lakerfan_5

        I wouldnt even mind gettin in this lottery Bruh. no shame in this years draft class. #WigginsBaby

        • Jim213

          M Kupcake said ain’t taking next season… could’ve fooled many of us.

          • lakerfan_5

            Yeah they wont intentionally tank, but if we get screwed by injuries again, and things aren’t looking good, I wouldn’t mind lettin some of those young guys go out there play and see what they can do. All im sayin.

          • Jim213

            That maybe the only option to get them more experience though some may not be returning after given their 1 year deals…

  • Lakers4Life

    All we need now is a young lockdown defender who can somewhat slow down the likes of LeBron and Durant. I say we won’t be needing Odom much or, put differently, he won’t be adding much to the team.

  • ersliva

    they cant afford to sign odom…he gives the lakers a better shot at making the playoffs…furthermore hes talol and coach d’ahole doesn’t know how to coach or use big men….

  • ersliva

    this team little jimmy has placed together sucks…it only has kobe/gasol and nash
    if little jimmy was a decent team president we would be looking at this team instead AT THE LEAST!!!!
    gasol/odom/peace/Bryant/nash
    Kaman/hill/young/meeks/farmar
    clark/johnson
    sacres/Kelley/morris in reserve
    and brian shaw coaching

    • lakerfan_5

      You seem to be a bit confused. Let me point out a few things. First off, Under almost no circumstances would we bring Lamar Odom back to be a starter, unless injuries ofcourse. I think you know we amnestied world peace, which I was not a fan of the move, but it was the right move. “little Jimmy” you like to refer to him as, hasnt done all that bad of a job.. I do not think he is the best by any means, but I would love to see someone do a better job putting a roster together when they are over the cap room due to the bad contracts of 3 aging players.. It only has Kobe, Gasol, and Nash because they are the ones taking all the money. Unfortunately they aren’t in good position to go out and make moves. If after next season nothings changed, then feel free to start complaining then.
      P.S
      I too would have prefferred Brian Shaw as coach

  • ersliva

    I wonder how coach d’ahole feels knowing that he has remained the coach because hes a bad coach and that little jimmy doesn’t have any faith in him to get this team little jimmy put together that fits coach d’aholes system to the playoffs under his mentorship….that the only way this team can make it is if kobe does come back better and actually takes control of the team with gasol and nashs help…..and the others follow kobes and their leads thusly making coach d’ahole look like the dumb-ss he actually is on the sidelines….
    it was them that got the lakers in the playoffs last year running coach d’aholes system their way and not his way in the second half of the season…
    and if coach d’ahole thinks that since he got most of kobes followers gone from last year will help….forget it…the momba runs the lakers on the floor and gasol and nash both also helped in last seasons run doing it their way…..and the others will also follow the mombas orders and not d’aholes….

  • ersliva

    kobe knows more about basketball then coach d’ahole does and little jimmy put together…..kobe grew up basketball nationally and internationally….and at his age and the age of the others he knows what will and will not work with whos on the floor….while coach d’ahole doesn’t know a damn thing except playing offensive small ball only…..

  • ersliva

    I hope to hear the chant of “fire d’ahole and we want phil” at all the lakers games….
    and I hope to hear the chant of “fire little jimmy for us” at all the laker games as well….

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  • WASHEDUPODOM

    ODOM IS A MUTHA——WASHED UP PLAYER. THERE IS A REASON NO ONE WANTS HIM, INCLUDING CLIPPERS

    • lakerfan_5

      Thanks for your expert opinion.

      • Jim213

        Coming from an LO EXPERT… NEWS FLASH HE’S NOT ON THE TEAM… AT LEAST NOT YET SO GO POST ON CELEBRITY GOSSIP SITES… LOL

    • Jim213

      LOL… JEN RICHARDSON GOT TO STOP HATING BRAH!

  • nlruizjr

    No matter how you put it Odom will be a question mark and given his past 2 teams it doesn’t seem like he has the desire any longer, sure he would be great if he was the same player but apparently he isn’t and I would rather have a sure thing in CDR or Landry, I don’t think the Lakers would do wrong with either or both if possible. Preferably if we can trade Blake and Meeks for picks and pickup CDR, Landry and Lazar Hayward/Hyman.

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