The last we heard of Lamar Odom was over this previous summer when there were multiple reports of him trashing paparazzi cars and rumors of heavy, hardcore drug use. Since then the stories have been mostly forgotten as we move onto the newest piece of gossip or news, but it seems the Los Angeles Lakers have been keeping an eye on Odom’s rehabilitation and just may have interest in the former Sixth Man of the Year.
As of this moment Odom is currently not playing for any NBA team. In his debacle with the Dallas Mavericks two years previous he spent a small part of the season pouting on the bench. He was even assigned to the D-League momentarily before being sent home from the team for the remainder of the year. It’s quite clear Odom is only willing to play in Hollywood. Last year he had a minor roll with the Lakers’ cross-town rival Los Angeles Clippers in which he split time off the bench with Matt Barnes and was largely ineffective.
Before all of the nonsense Odom was a strong asset that any NBA team would have loved to have on their roster. During his Sixth Man of the Year campaign in 2010 Odom averaged 13.5 points with 7.5 rebounds a game and became the first in Lakers history to win the award. If he does return it looks like it won’t be till around the All-Star break in February. The Lakers’ roster and rotation is still very much in flux as Kobe Bryant has yet to return, and small forward is not a position the Lakers are very deep at with only Wes Johnson and Xavier Henry both unable to prove worthy of a starting role at this point. A lot of these kinks will be ironed out by the time Odom may be ready to return to the NBA, but with the Lakers continuing to rebuild the veteran presence should do them good.
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