Odom recorded his most productive seasons in the city of Los Angeles, both as a rookie with the Clippers and as the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6-foot-11 forward was considered one of the most versatile big men in the league, but a stunned Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks weeks after receiving the award.
The homesick Odom contributed close to nothing in his short stint with the Mavericks. He cried his way to the end of the bench. Later, he took a personal leave of absence, which led the former World Champion to the Mavericks’ developmental league. Finally, Maverick owner Mark Cuban paid Odom to simply leave Texas.
In 2012, an unemployed Odom signed a one-year deal with the Clippers. Despite a career-low 4.0 points per game, Odom showed some signs of passion. He eventually got into game shape, played good defense and led a bad rebounding team in board per minute. But the suits opted to sign Matt Barnes and former Maverick Darren Collision to the team’s mid-level exception, leaving Odom a free agent once again.
The Clippers have done all of the big spending the salary cap will allow. Yet, they still lack size and depth, and Odom would be a low-risk option, assuming that he’ll agree to play for the league minimum. Bad blood and uncertainty within the Lakers organization is not an ideal situation for Odom. But if winning and redemption is important at this stage of his career, the Clipper have already given him both.
ChristopherBrown is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Followhim on Twitter @whatrockschris. Like him on Facebook.