Mar 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom (7) during the game against the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Could Lamar Odom join up with the Los Angeles Clippers or the Los Angeles Lakers after he finishes his time with the Dallas Mavericks?
Lamar Odom has spent his entire basketball career on the coastline. He started in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers before being dealt to the Miami Heat, then was there for a short time before spending seven solid seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, after almost being dealt this offseason in the near Chris Paul trade, Odom asked to be moved, and he was granted his trade to the Dallas Mavericks.
Odom could've been a versatile piece toward another title run for Dallas, but he's fast looking like persona non grata given his current struggles. Odom is suffering through career lows with Dallas, and the Mavericks organization is getting tired of his woes.
It seems Odom may have left Los Angeles, but his heart is still there in some respects. Ric Bucher of ESPN has this report that indicates that Odom is ready to head back to Hollywood at his earliest possible convenience.
It makes sense. Odom has always been a moody player, and he seems to have had his heart set on retiring as a Laker. The fact that Los Angeles was willing to deal him so casually hurt him, but in the end he still would rather finish his career back in LA, probably with the Clippers (unlikely to be the Lakers). We'll have to see what path he ends up choosing, and whether he can learn to embrace Dallas.