Philadelphia 76ers Should Avoid Signing Lamar Odom And Michael Beasley

By Alan Gung
Lamar Odom
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Signing Michael Beasley or Lamar Odom might sound tempting. However, the Philadelphia 76ers as well as every other NBA team should avoid any thought of giving them another opportunity. Both would add to the headaches the Sixers have been dealing with the past two years.

Beasley and Odom are dealing with drug problems. Beasley was recently released by the Phoenix Suns, and Odom has been a free agent all summer after playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Either player can still be valuable. Beasley, a former second-overall draft pick, has a career average of 14.1 points and 5.2 assists. Meanwhile, Odom averages 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Both players would be a better option than what’s currently on the Sixers’ frontcourt. However, their off-court issues would certainly affect their performance.

Odom also has been dealing with problems with his wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and their television show might be a distraction considering he was dropped by the Los Angeles Lakers once he started appearing on the show. He also left rehab shortly after entering the day before.

Beasley has been a journeyman with his difficulties remaining on the same team because of his marijuana addiction. The Suns decided to part ways after his fourth run-in with the drug, recently getting arrested for possession after getting pulled over by police.

They would also push the Sixers past the luxury tax considering they have been cutting costs to stay under the threshold. Both players’ downside would outweigh their upside.

Barring the drug problems, if the Sixers added Beasley and Odom, they would be one star away from contending for a championship. The lineup would have Nerlens Noel at center, Beasley and Thaddeus Young at the forward spots, Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams at guard and Odom as the sixth man. Odom would give the Sixers scoring and an inside presence off the bench.

The Sixers dealt with Andrew Bynum’s problems last season, and now they inherited Royce White‘s. Though the Sixers rank near the bottom of Odom’s and Beasley’s lists, they should not even entertain the idea. If the Sixers think about signing them, they can look at the 2000 Portland Trail Blazers team as example.

That team was plagued by so many off-court troubles that they underachieved on the court and received the notorious name “Jail Blazers”.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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