Odom wants to be here and Kupchak doesn’t want to trade him. I like it a lot…
Daily News: There was a report from Sacramento earlier this week that the Kings would be willing to trade center Brad Miller to the Lakers for Lamar Odom. The story, as reported in the Sacramento Bee, made sense on two counts.
First, the Lakers would get a backup center in case Andrew Bynum can’t come back from a torn knee ligament this season. Second, the Kings would take on Odom’s expiring contract, which would help in their rebuilding efforts for 2009-10.
But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak quashed the story. Kupchak said the Lakers would press ahead with the players already on their roster and hope Bynum returns sooner rather than later.
Odom has played for the Clippers, Miami Heat and the Lakers, and he hopes to stick with the Lakers. He said he hopes Kupchak doesn’t deal him to the Kings or any other team in the NBA before the Feb. 19 trade deadline.
“I hope not,” Odom said when asked before Thursday’s game against Boston about the possibility of a trade. “I want to be a Laker for the rest of my life. I’m a rock star. I can’t help it. Some people want me to go, some people want me to stay.