Lamar Odom could be staying in Los Angeles for next season, but it might not be with the Clippers. The 33-year-old has reportedly gained the interest of his former team which could lead to a reunion with Kobe Bryant.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Lakers have reached out to Odom though their interest in the player is still unknown.
Times have been rough in Los Angeles this past week as Dwight Howard decided to take his talents to the Houston Rockets. A move for Odom surely won’t fill the void left by Howard, but it could bring back a vital piece to the team’s string of NBA championships in the recent past.
Odom won back-to-back rings with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, but his role with the team vanished by 2011 before he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Since the trade, Odom was dealt again in 2012 to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lamar Odom was very popular among Lakers’ fans and bringing him back seems to be a legitimate possibility. Kobe Bryant wants another ring or two and he’ll need all the support he can get.
Odom is a solid shooter who’s worked well with Bryant in the past. His game has fallen off little by little over the years, but age is never an issue in the playoffs.
The more experience the better and Odom is certainly no stranger to big games. The Lakers need to make a splash in the free agent market this offseason and bringing in their former star would add another piece to the puzzle.
Last season, Odom appeared in all 82 games for the Clippers. He finished with an average of four points a game, which is the lowest of his career.
His numbers over the past few seasons may push the Lakers away, but the thought of a return is quickly picking up steam.
Could you see Lamar Odom back with the Los Angeles Lakers next season?
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