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NBA Rumors: Lamar Odom to Rejoin Lakers, Kobe Bryant Without Missing Time?

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There are a lot of rumors floating around about the Los Angeles Lakers making a huge, splashy move this summer. That’s fine. A big splashy move that would net someone like Deron Williams or Dwight Howard would be very appreciated by an unsatisfied fan base who isn’t content with not winning championships. But, at the same time, it’s worth noting that big, splashy moves are very hard to pull off.

Which is why L.A. management needs to devote just as much attention to bringing in impactful role players as it does to making the headline-stealing superstar grabs. Who’s a consequential role player that the Lakers could bring in this summer? Somebody they’re extremely familiar with – Lamar Odom.

Here is what we know for certain at this point: we know that Odom is at his happiest in Los Angeles, adorned in purple and gold. We know that the Lakers desperately need more athletic depth, something that Odom brings in droves. But we also know that there is a rule in place that prohibits waived players from rejoining teams that traded them away for an entire year, and another one that prohibits teams from trading the same player back-and-forth in the same season.

Hence why most Lakers fans were skeptical at the thought of Odom ending up in L.A. again next year, even if the Dallas Mavericks did ultimately waive or decide to trade him. There is just no feasible way to get the Lakers’ favorite Kardashian back, right? Wrong.

As noted by DallasBasketball.com via Twitter must-follow @DrewUnga:

Dallasbasketball.com has learned that the Mavs are working on taking a significant step that would allow Odom's return to the Lakers this summer, opening up multiple avenues.

A highly-placed league insider tells us the Mavs are already pursuing a revision to Odom's contract that would move his deadline to buy out his last year at $2.4 million from June 29, 2012 to some time in July, a contractual

Basically, what they’re saying is that while the rule that would prohibit a waived Odom from returning to L.A. is still as big a roadblock now as it always was, the second option, the one that involves trading a player back to his original team, that one would no longer be a problem. By moving his buy out deadline back past June 30 (the end of this NBA season), the Mavericks would open the door for a perfectly legit trade with Jim Buss and Co.

It remains to be seen if this ultimately happens but, if it does, this could be pretty huge for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Get more Lakers and NBA stuff on Twitter: @agroberman

(Kudos Dallas Basketball, @DrewUnga)

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