In recent weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to former Laker Lamar Odom. While we all would love to see Odom donning purple and gold once more, the fact of the matter is that Odom doesn’t have enough to contribute the squad.
With younger guys like Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Elias Harris on the roster, the Lakers must begin to develop their younger players. If Odom were to come back to the Lakers, he would take minutes from the younger guys on the team. With Mike D’Antoni’s fast paced offense being the Lakers focal point, Odom may find it hard to fit in. It was evident last season that Odom had lost a good amount of his athleticism compared to previous years.
Last year for the Los Angeles Clippers, Odom averaged four points and five rebounds per game. The Lakers can get that sort of production from their younger options on the roster. On the other hand, through 29 games before injury, Jordan Hill averaged 6.7 points to go along with 5.7 rebounds. Hill brings athleticism and youth to a Lakers squad that desperately needs it. In 2013, the Lakers are looking for youth and Odom does not cut it.
At this point of Odom’s career, he won’t be much use to the Lakers. This next season can be considered a tryout year for most of the players on the roster. If they can perform well, then they will get a spot on the Lakers roster for the following years. Odom would only hinder that process.
I believe Odom can still play in the NBA this season. However, if the Lakers are smart, they won’t be calling him anytime soon.