Lamar Odom never really was the same after being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers last season, underachieving greatly with the Dallas Mavericks before being released. Odom is drifting, and his future is uncertain in the league.
Stephen A. Smith seems to believe that they could get back together next season. He said the following on ESPN Radio (HT to Lakers Nation for the link).
"(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."
Keep in mind that this is Stephen A. we're talking about (listen to the audio here). Let us proceed forward with this possibility regardless.
Odom's versatility was gravely missed with the Lakers when they were rolled out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. If Los Angeles decides to keep their core together with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum, bringing Odom back would provide familiarity, and even if someone was jettisoned, Odom could be a valuable weapon that really helps provide L.A. with more flexible rotations and better ability to defend and create from the perimeter.
UPDATE: Odom can't rejoin the Lakers until a year after he was waived, i.e. December 11th.
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