Lamar Odom played in 82 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last year. When the season was over, there was no mad scramble to resign him. Why is the case? Probably some combination of him being a paparazzi-attention magnet and his rapidly declining skills set. However, according to recent reports, he may end up on an NBA roster as soon as January.
Odom, 34, is two years removed from being the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. Since that announcement was made he has been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, returned to sender, traded to the Dallas Mavericks, booted from the Mavericks, and signed by the Clippers. And as noted, he didn’t blow anyone away with L.A.’s other team last year. His four points per game was a career low, and his six rebounds per game is the second lowest total he’s put up in 13 years as a pro.
Mix his questionable production with his off-the-court issues, reportedly drug-related, and you can see why he still finds himself without a ballclub in December.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, that may soon change. Per his sources, Odom could return to the NBA next month. The two teams he has been most closely linked to over the past few months have been the Lakers and Clippers. The latter squad more than the former. So it’s probably a safe bet that if he does return, it’ll be to one of those two teams.
Either way, Odom has always been one of the league’s good guys. Sure, substance abuse issues and marrying a Kadashian make it seem like that’s not the case, but anyone who has followed his career knows that he is. Unfortunately, in his 34 years, he has had to deal with more pain and hardships than most people have to deal with in a lifetime. And while that doesn’t excuse away his mistakes, it puts them in perspective.
Here is to hoping Odom finds himself on an NBA roster sooner rather than later.