There are a lot of theories as to why things ended as unceremoniously as they did between Lamar Odom and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The most popular idea is that it went down exactly the way it was constantly described on TV. That, basically, Odom was angry about the Lakers trying to ship him off in that botched trade for Chris Paul and, in a fit of rage, demanded a trade elsewhere. Others suggest that while Odom was admittedly angry at what transpired with the Paul situation, the real reason he was shipped off was because L.A. brass grew wary of his reality TV games and wanted to get rid of him because he was such a distraction.
Then there is most pessimistic group of all – they maintain that the Lakers didn’t care about getting Paul and that they didn’t care about Odom’s reality TV drama, that all they really cared about was shedding his hefty salary at any on-the-court cost.
Regardless of which theory you buy into, the end result remains the same. Odom was dispatched to Dallas where he stunk up the joint, and the Lakers ultimately fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the 2012 Playoffs in large part because of a lack of depth. Everyone wound up losing in that Odom trade.
Now that both sides have had a few months to cool off and realize just how bad life is without each other, it would stand to reason that we would start hearing reconciliation talks. And, lo and behold – that’s exactly what Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN Radio recently.
Per Lakers Nation:
“(Odom) desperately wants to come back and wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike Brown desperately wants him back. He’s going to talk to Buss and Lakers hierarchy to see what they can do about getting Lamar Odom back.”
So there you have it. Yes, Odom is still under contract with the Dallas Mavericks, but surely L.A. can figure something out. Right? Not exactly…
Reminder: If waived Lamar Odom can't rejoin Lakers until one-year anniversary of trade, Dec. 11.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) May 30, 2012
Translation: the only way that Odom returns to Tinseltown is via trade. How often do you see Team A trade a player to Team B, only to have Team B trade him back to Team A the following season?