Looks like Odom is upset about the possibility of him being traded to Indy. I’m glad to hear this. Odom+Bynum+1st for J.O. is a lot to give up in my opinion. Maybe this gives us an edge and Walsh won’t pursue Odom in a J.O. deal; maybe this crushes the deal altogether? Either way, Odom wants to be a Laker:
ESPN: Sources close to Odom indicate the 27-year-old would be “quite unhappy” if he’s sent to the Pacers in an O’Neal deal and that it would take a three-year contract extension from the Pacers (or any team that makes a move for him) to get Odom “on board” with a trade. No word yet on how that might factor into Indy’s decision making.
The lanky lefty has two seasons left on his contract after this season runs out, at $13.2 million and $14.1 million. Packaging Odom and Bynum would get the Lakers close to O’Neal’s salary-cap number — $18.1 million if the trade happened before the draft and $19.8 million if it happened after July 1 — but at least one other low-salaried Laker (such as Sasha Vujacic) would have to be included.
The Lakers are expected to resist Indy’s efforts to expand the deal to include Jamaal Tinsley, even though they need a point guard as much as anything, because plugging a non-shooter like Tinsley into Phil Jackson’s triangle offense holds little appeal.
If you’re thinking, incidentally, that Odom and Bynum is a lot to give up for O’Neal — even without a draft choice thrown in — you’ll surely recall that the Lakers had an opportunity to trade for Kidd in February without including Odom. Bynum and Brown’s expiring contract would have been the Jersey-bound cornerstones of that deal — creating a Bryant-Kidd-Odom trio — but Bynum still had an untouchable tag at that point. That’s no longer the case, according to L.A. sources.