Los Angeles, CA - Former Los Angeles Laker forward Lamar Odom has had a very rough offseason to this point. He has been said to have been heavily addicted to crack cocaine and disappeared for around a week of time. Due to all these issues that have been coming forward about Odom, many don’t see him making an NBA comeback.
Reports are coming out from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers have recently reached out to Lamar Odom. While the report does say that the contact was on a personal level, it didn’t rule out the possibility that the Lakers could give Odom a chance at a Lakers comeback. They could certainly use a front-court player like him that has the ability to handle the basketball and score the basketball here and there.
We don’t claim to believe that a signing is imminent or anything along those lines, but these developments are certainly something to keep an eye on. Could the Lakers look to revive the career of one of their own? Kobe Bryant is heading into what could be his last couple seasons of his NBA career, and adding any piece that could help seems like a good decision for L.A.
Odom played 82 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, including starting two of those games. He averaged just 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in that time period. There were times when he was able to help the Clippers out in big ways, but also times that he hurt them with his declining athleticism.
Obviously no one knows exactly what Odom has left in the tank if he were to get a one-year contract with the Lakers, but it’s certainly something that could work out. Those 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game that Odom averaged last year could be a very nice addition to a Lakers bench that looks very underwhelming.