Fisher says other Lakers also have contacted the free-agent forward to urge him to re-sign with the team. According to the Times, nothing has changed on the Odom front…
L.A. Times: “We want him back badly,” Fisher said, “and I hope we can accomplish that in the next couple days.”
For now Odom remains an unsigned free agent, a week after owner Jerry Buss withdrew an offer that would have been worth $9 million per season over four seasons (three of them guaranteed) or $10 million per season over three seasons.
Miami, which can offer Odom up to $34 million over five seasons and potential state income tax benefits, supposedly has been flirting with Odom. Nothing seems imminent on that front, and a Lakers spokesman said Tuesday nothing had changed regarding Odom from the club’s end.
Nothing has changed from Fisher’s perspective, either.
“There’s no question that we need him back. We want him back,” Fisher said. “If those things are in place, hopefully we can just go and get this done and put this behind us and start working on 2009-10.”