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Should Lamar And The Clippers Reunite?


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#1 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 07:22 PM

Source: New York Would Be No. 1 On Lamar's List

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By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com

There's no easy answer there.

The Mavs will attempt to trade Odom before June 29. Any team that has Odom on its roster by that date will be responsible for paying him the $2.4 million in guaranteed money he's owed next year.

If Dallas can't get rid of Odom in a trade, it will likely waive him and be responsible for paying Odom his guaranteed money. That's something Dallas would obviously rather avoid.

If the Mavericks are forced to waive Odom, he would become a free agent. In that scenario, the Queens native would likely be looking at a significant pay cut from the $8.2 he was scheduled to make this season.

Would he be interested in coming to New York at a discounted rate?

A source with knowledge of Odom's thinking says yes. The source says the Knicks would be "on the top of his list" if Odom became a free agent.

"Lamar is big on being comfortable," the source said. "And New York is somewhere he can be comfortable."

It makes sense that Odom would be open to a return to New York.

His versatility -- interior scoring and rebounding in particular -- would be of great value in the Knicks' second unit. He proved in Los Angeles that he can thrive off the bench in a supporting role on a team with stars in its starting five. Odom helped the Lakers win two titles in that role.

Of course, there's a risk involved with bringing Odom in -- even at the veteran's minimum or mini mid-level.

Odom had a rocky season in Dallas after being traded by the Lakers. The Mavs kept him on the inactive list for the final 16 games of the regular season in an effort to sever ties while retaining the ability to trade him.

Though Odom's stint in Dallas was heavy on drama, it was light on production. He averaged career lows of 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes.

The source close to Odom says that he's eager to put the experience past him. He has started offseason workouts already, with eyes on an Olympic roster spot and with the motivation to prove that he's a better player than the one who struggled through last season.

"It definitely won't be the fiasco that it was last year," the Odom source said of the 13-year veteran's approach to 2012-13. "He wants to find a place where he can end his career, and New York is ideal. He's won championships in the past and he wants to win another. And to do it there would be great."

Do you think the Knicks should pursue Odom -- either in a trade or as a free agent? Or do you think they should stay away, based on what happened with him last year?


http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/19910/source-new-york-no-1-on-odoms-list

I knew it. Not really a surprise there. Always thought he would wanna go home to New York.

Edited by LALakersFan4Life, June 21, 2012 - 03:42 AM.


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Posted May 23, 2012 - 07:25 PM

Makes sense, I wish him luck wherever he goes but I hope he and the Lakes could get something done to bring him back to LA.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 07:26 PM

I already thought if does not go back to LA he's gonna come to NY, for the vets min it would be a good pick up for the Knicks especially if they could some how snag Nash.

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Posted May 24, 2012 - 09:37 AM

Makes sense, hometown & all, plus Kardashians do their show over there every now & then as well.

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Posted May 24, 2012 - 09:43 AM

go to NY.. keep him away from the Lakers.. this guy got more baggage than the Kardashians going on vacation <_<

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 09:30 PM

Khloe and Lamar take over New York will start this fall then

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 03:45 AM

Should Lamar And The Clippers Reunite?

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by DAN WOIKE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Clippers’ needs this offseason don’t change just because their general manager will.

Before leaving for Portland, Neil Olshey spoke frequently about the collaborative process he used to make key decisions, and as of now, none of his collaborators have left. So it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that the Clippers still need a bigger guard, a third forward and better perimeter shooting — things Olshey talked about after the team’s season ended.

Let’s look at the third big man first, since that seems to be the easiest role to define. For our purposes, let’s assume that Kenyon Martin won’t be back with the team because, well, he probably won’t. So that leaves the Clippers looking for someone who can play with either DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin.

Preferably, this guy will be an above average passer. He’ll be able to make jumpers out to the three-point line. And, fingers crossed, he’ll be a good enough free-throw shooter to play important minutes in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Garnett is an unrestricted free agent next season, but unless the Clippers clear real cap space, they can’t really afford him (though, it’d be a really fun fit, pushing DJ to the bench). A more realistic option, relatively speaking, would be former Clipper, Lamar Odom.

Odom’s coming off the worst season of his professional career, as he dealt with a trade to Dallas and more than one personal tragedies. With more penalties in place for signing bad contracts (i.e. a steeper luxury tax), will Odom’s performance last season drive his price tag down into the Clippers’ range?

If it does, he fits the profile of what the team is looking for. He’s an above-average defender who could play with Griffin or Jordan. Offensively, he can stretch defenses and is a gifted passer for someone his size. He’s also excelled playing in Los Angeles.

But despite all of this, would the Clippers want him back?

First of all, there have to be serious questions about Odom’s will and dedication after a disastrous offseason. Secondly, would the Clippers want to become a supporting character on a reality show? The team had enough headaches dealing with the sudden burst of attention that came with relevancy last season. Imagine adding a Ladashian to the mix.

Whenever the Clippers hire a GM, this will be an option that should be discussed. Whether or not the Clippers should pull the trigger, though, I don’t know.


http://clippers.ocregister.com/2012/06/07/should-lamar-odom-reunite-with-the-clippers/

It was reported on ESPN Radio yesterday. That Vinny Del Negro and Lamar have been seen having lunch on 2 different occasions in the last few days.

Edited by LALakersFan4Life, June 21, 2012 - 03:46 AM.


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Posted June 21, 2012 - 04:17 AM

He is probably coming home to La
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Posted June 23, 2012 - 10:20 PM

Lamar and Khloe put their reality show on hold. I'm not sure why more outlets haven't picked up on this yet.




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