After being deactivated from the Dallas Mavericks, Lamar Odom has had quite the year. If the Kardashian family isn’t enough to deal with, Odom is wondering where he’ll be playing next year. Back to Los Angeles? Quite possible. Get the reality television script ready E!, Lamar looks like he’s coming back home.
Some may be wondering does Lamar Odom have a choice in where he will land, and the easy answer is no. The Dallas Mavericks deactivated him from the team roster but that means he was never released from the Mavericks, which means they still own his rights. With a Friday deadline coming, the Mavericks have a choice of buying Odom’s contract and gain salary cap room or trading him to a team of their choice.
Lamar has a suitor for a team he’s played for and i’ll give you a hint… It’s a team in Los Angeles. Not the Lakers, the Clippers. Odom was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999 and played for them up until 2003. The Clippers have shown interest, communicating with the Dallas Mavericks as time winds down before the Friday deadline. If the Mavericks don’t trade or buy out Lamar Odom’s contract for $2.4 million by Friday the team will owe Odom $8.2 million dollars next year.
Where does the Lakers come into play? Well, they still need a point guard and the Clippers need to get rid of cap space as well. Luckily for the Lakers after trading Lamar Odom to the Mavericks last year they were awarded a trade exception. Now becomes the question of the Lakers interest in Clippers point guard Mo Williams who has the right to excercise his player option that will land him $8.5 million if he chooses to re-sign. Mo Williams who played underneath coach Lakers coach Mike Brown in Cleveland could possibly be playing for his former coach again.
Maybe we’ll see superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul paired up with Odom next year in a Clippers uniform. The deadline is set and the offseason is underway.
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