This is definitely not good news. Could this be that Buss didn’t want to put his offer back out there – discuss.

Yahoo! Sports: Lamar Odom is leaning strongly toward accepting the Miami Heat’s contract offer and leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks said.

Odom has not reached a final decision, the sources said, but there is growing belief he will ultimately return to Heat unless the Lakers improve their current offer.

“It’s close, but it’s not done,” said one source.

Lakers officials and Odom’s representatives resumed talking after a weeklong standoff that began when Jerry Buss, the team’s owner, withdrew a four-year, $36 million offer that guaranteed $30 million. Sources close to Odom said that while the two sides have since talked, Buss is now offering less than the Lakers’ previous proposal.

Odom could sign a five-year, $34 million with the Heat that would give him the option to become a free agent in three seasons and seek a more lucrative deal. He also would not have to pay state income tax in Florida.

Odom, 30, played for the Heat during the 2003-04 season – the only season in his 10-year career that he didn’t spend in Los Angeles – and has maintained a good relationship with Dwyane Wade.

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    this news has the word “SOURCES” in it…
    remember that “SOURCES” said LO would sign with us..

    too much hearsay….at this point i’m prepared for anything…but i still hope he stays with us…
    we will be ok..repeat will happen
    DESTINY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/AceFreshh Freshh

    Not good. . . at all

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    and just this morning the article below this one said no progression with LO and heat…now Yahoo is saying otherwise..talk about the media confusion….
    haha
    no credibility with ANYONE

  • Mitch4Pres

    honestly f uck lamar if he leaves

  • LAKERMIKE247

    DR.BUSS PLEASE DO ANYTHING YOU CAN TO BRING LO BACK

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    I believe this:

    “LO told Miami if offers stay the same he becomes a Heat. Hence for him waiting another week or two weeks won’t make a difference, especially since Miami has told him take as long as you want.”

  • kobe8

    if he wants to leave let him go, i’m just about tired of this bullc*ap.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    The media is being ghey right now.

  • http://twitter.com/AceFreshh Freshh

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    Wolfpac =p

  • Larry Calame

    With Odom, Lakers are at the top of the heap, in term of championship likelihood. Without him they trail Boston, Orlando, Cleaveland and San Antonio – UNLESS of course Bynum does two things, neither of which I’d bet on:

    1. matures to become a complete player
    2. stays healthy

  • dawg

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    I wouldn’t say top of the heap.
    A lot of factors have to come into place for us to be successful in repeating

    Bynum has to prove he can play a full season + play games without getting in foul trouble.

    Our bench which would take a HUGE hit without Lamar would have to step up immensely
    (From the likes of Sasha to Farmar to even Powell and DJ)

    Last, all the elite teams have gotten better, with Boston getting Wallace and Marq Daniels, even Tinsley
    to Cleveland getting Shaq, Anthony Parker, and Moon, to Spurs getting Jefferson and Mcdyesses(sp?)

    While lakers getting better is questionable since we may lose LO and already lost Ariza to only gain Artest..

    I have faith in this team, but things do not look good :(

  • Ty

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  • Dragon

    He isn’t really the most important piece to our team I mean the guy is only there on some nights and some nights he isn’t I think lakers are doing the right thing to not over pay this guy. We better off to get someone who can be more consistence. We mind as well get someone else besides getting Lamar. We just need to start looking instead wasting our time with Lamar. I remember a year ago we wanted to get rid of him and I dunno why we are still here trying to get him back when we wanted to trade him before.

  • robinmejia

    man jus let this guy go. to much drama. all he wants is money!
    if he really want to stay in LA he should have sign along time ago. but no he wants the money!

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    People forget — when it comes to 7 game series, Odom is incredibly valuable to our team. Forget the regular season, it’s the real season; the post-season.

  • RJ

    RUMORS STOP PUTTING BS ON THIS SITE ODOM IS GONNA BE A LAKERS AFTER ALL THIS BS

  • laker fan who hates flukes

    Go already Odumb i cant take this crap anymore.

  • Jive Talking Turkey

    Here’s the final offer: CNN is reporting that Odom will sign a 10 year contract worth $250M. Odom wants the first 9 years guaranteed.

  • dont care anymore

    if lamar wants to go let him go im gettn tired of waiting for him to sign really we have kobe pau artest and drew along with a bunch of other quality role players…but most importantly we have kobe and that means Lamar can win championships with LA or watch LA win championships the choice is his

  • Odom_fuc-kin_bia-tch!

    this is just a joke, one article LO stays, another he is leaving.
    Fu-ck that TLN. Stop putting so many rumors on this site. Is getting completely out of hand.

    I want LO to stay, but if he wants to leave to Miami, just because a bit of more change $$$, then fu-ck him. He knows if he wants a title, Lakers is his best shot. Miami with wade or Boozer has too much of a hurdle to make it to the finals on the east.

    LO knows LA, his buddies are here, Artest is here, he knows all the candy shops here, so stop being such a freaking bi-atch!!!!!!!

  • dnopno24

    i should be an agent!!!! 2 xtra years for 4 more million!!!dumb!!!!

  • Back At It

    If He goes f-him we still have a beastly line-up with KB, Gasol, Artest and AB. AB will ball this year it’s his time to shine.

  • http://utcpla24.mylakersnation.com Margo

    It’s like this…Having Odom just gives insurance…but having him, and not having Bynum last year=no ring, and a pitiful display in the finals against a healthy celtic team. Understand with our current team w/o Odom, Cleveland is NOT BETTER THAN US FOR SURE..they added Shaq, & they still not better than Boston or Orlando in my opinion. So as bad as I want Lamar to sign with us…I know Miami WILL NOT make it past the first round in the east, unless they playing the hawks, and it’s still not a guarantee, especially with the Knicks offering up David Lee for Boozer. Bynum was a foul magnet in the playoffs, but let’s not 4get, in Kobe’s first playoffs he was shooting airballs. Bynum steps on a teammates feet, gets injured then Kobe falls into his knee and he is injured, and now we have NO confidence in the young man. We all seen the work he put into his game in the off season. He gave up his place at US mini camp, because he wants to rehabilitate his then 90% healed knee. When the days come when the ball must go into the paint first, Bynum and Gasol will still prove to be all that Kobe needs to truly get the job done, oh and having Artest can be that insurance. No team in the West has become better than the Lakers in the west so our seat is guaranteed as long as we stick together…Lamar just SEALS it!I want Lamar on our team in the worst way…but I’m not convinced like everyone else that if he does not return we have no chance…having Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol always gives us a chance.

  • LAlakeSHOW

    man if he leaves I will boooo him so hard when he plays in L.A…but if he resigns i will welcome him with open arms

  • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

    Nobody is credible.

    This is likely a bluff.

  • touching myself

    WTF!?! FCUK YO LO AND FCUK YOU TOO BUSS! THE 2 PARTIES ARE MEASURING THEIR D!CKS TO SEE WHO’S GOT THE LONGEST ONES, BUT THEY’RE FORGETTING…WE’VE GOT THE LONGEST DICKS! LOL! THESE 2 HOMOS ARE HOLDING US FANS HOSTAGE DURING THEIR STALEMATE POKER MATCH! WELL, FCUK OFF UNTIL SOMETHING MORE FINAL COMES UP! I’M SO SICK OF THIS SH!T! EITHER SWALLOW YOU EGO AND SIGN LO OR GO FIND ANOTHER PLAYER… JUST REMEMBER BUSS THAT OUR BENCH CONSISTS OF SASHA, LUKE, MBENGA, POWELL, FARMAR, SUN YUE, AND BROWN. YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THAT? THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD RESERVE TO YOU?

    AND YOU STUPID ASS LO… YOU THINK THAT YOU’LL BE ON A CONTENDER WITH WADE AND BOOZER? YOU’VE GOT TO CONTEND WITH A STRONGER CELD!CKS TEAM AND A STRONGER MAGIC TEAM! THERE’S NO WAY YOU’RE GOING ANYWHERE! IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAIN… LAKERS IS THE TEAM FOR YOU. PLUS, THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT WADE’S GONNA STAY AFTER THIS NEXT SEASON! HE HASN’T SIGNED SH!T YET AND YOU WANT TO GO THERE? GO FOR IT STUPID FCUK! COMMIT TO HIM AND THE HEAT WHILE WADE’S MADE NO COMMITMENT TO NEITHER YOU NOR THE HEAT!

    THIS IS CLEARLY A CLASSIC CASE WHERE THE 2 PLAYERS HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW TO PLAY THEIR HAND! THEY BOTH SO DESPERATELY NEED THE OTHER, BUT NEITHER WANTS TO ADMIT TO THEMSELVES OR EACH OTHER! THEN, WE ARE THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE THAT LAY BY THE WAY SIDE! HURRY THE FCUK UP AND GET THIS SH!T DONE!

  • http://sirtoken@aol.com Steve in vegas

    Odum and his agent are just playing the Media. Since they lost their Blazer leverage, all they have now is to “work” the Miami Heat angle.
    So, they work the press to instill fake leverage. If Odum took the Miami offer, he would really be ODUMB. Go to a team that offers less in money and is not a playoff team.
    This is really a no brainer. The Lakers could offer 8M/yr and it would still be a better deal than Miami could offer.
    So, now it is up to the real Odom or the ODUMB.

  • BT_Rose

    ah this has gotten old. im just waiting for a yes or no answer to come back with LA. get this crap over with already…

  • edward

    never see all my life stoped like lamar odom.he lived all team and fan alone.go never come back\stoped

  • Fdog

    Obviously LO’s second choice is Miami or he would have taken Riley’s offer by now. Amazing when you keep it simple….Lakers want LO and LO wants the Lakers, but GREED always ruins everything.

  • 242LakerFan

    I am really starting to not care one way or the other. Stay, go, what the f ever. Just do it already so everyone can move on.

  • AlwaysNextYearCleveland

    how the fck does it go from no “progression” on miami pursuit of odom to him almost signing wit the heats. Is this another odumb buff.

  • vibe

    If this fool really wanted to sign wit the heats he would of done it already. he is obviously buffing his a$$ to get more money. at the end of day buss will get off of several of his female partners and odom will stop munching on candy and will sign the contract tat was put on the table in the first place

  • KIERRE GIBSON

    LETS GET JOSH HOWARD!!!!!! IM TIRED OF THIS L.O DRAMA… I LOVED THIS DUDE BT HE MAKES ME SICK NOW… I WANTED HIM BK MORE THAN ANYONE BT I DNT CARE WHAT HE DOES ANYMORE… IF HE RATHER PLAY 4 A SORRY HEAT THEN LEAVE… LETS GET JOSH HOWARD!!!!!!!!

  • http://THELAKERSNATION.COM DAMUFORNIA310

    LOL, LAMAR SIGN WITH THE HEAT & WE WILL SEE U IN THE NBA TITLE GAMES, I MEAN YOU WILL WATCH THE LAKERS IN THE NBA TITLE GAME, IF YOUR MIAMI CONTRACT BUYS YOU PLAYOFFS TICKETS & YOU CAN COME WATCH THE LAKERS WIN AGAIN……….LOL PLZ SIGN WIT THE HEAT, IM SICK OF SEEING YOUR NAME ON LAKER NATIONS PAGE, YOUR NOT A LAKER SO STOP ACTING LIKE YOU WANT 2 BE!!!!! LAMAR JUST WANT PEOPLE IN HERE TO RIDE HIS BALLS & KISS HIS ASS, BUT THIS IS L.A. HOMIE……WE NOT WIT THAT, SO BYE………..

  • arizaallstar

    yo buss stop bein a a@@wipe and start givin odom what he deserves he was a major facter in the nuggets series and so was ariza without them we would not been able t get past denver BUSS GIVE ODOM HIS MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!! he wants to come back.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Docholidae

    This is getting out of hand! There is no way Mgmt will let him and Ariza go! If I come to this damn site and the Lakers have signed Sheldon Williams, I’m gonna loose it!

  • Wallyville06

    The message is:
    Don’t flop with Buss
    LO’s agent got away with murder when Bynum signed.
    You AIN’T slappin Buss around twice within the same year.
    I’m not an agent or finance brainiac, but if LO turns down more money for less work and elects to play for more years for less money, there are issues that we will never understand.
    Obviously winning means nothing to him. There are those who can’t handle the pressure of winning night in night out. I’ve heard Magic and Bird talk about this. They both agreed that there were people on the LAKERS and Cs that would play on a team, collect a check, and go home at the end of the season. They both laughed and agreed that they did all they could to get these people off their team. needless to say they didn’t mention any names.
    Maybe LO is one of those people???

    Then again as others have noted …… maybe this is all BS reporting anyway

    LAKERS NO FAKERS

  • Dave

    We’ll definitely see how high LO’s B-Ball IQ is. Stay and be part of NBA folklore or leave and fade into oblivion.

  • Michael_23

    I think it all started out with Lamar saying that he wanted to be in L.A. the rest of his career. Buss offered him the max he could, 10 mil a year. 3 years. Way way above the MLE. And LO and/or his agent still looked at other teams.

    I think that’s what frustrated everyone. Can we still sign-in-trade for em?

  • http://iklklkl aaron24

    This is probably has no source and is not mentioned on espn or nba.com like the BSO said Odom signed a 4 years 40 million dollar deal but was fake

  • Eidraq

    wtf? how stupid would our organization have to be to let go of odom? we know he’s not asking for 11 million a year..give him the 4 year 40 million for crying out loud

  • EVan T

    Another Leverage play in negotiations similar to Manny With The Giants last off season . LO NEEDS LA AND LA NEEDS LO

  • http://kuki.com lamar_odom_bakstab

    REMEMBER LAST YR…HE SAID HE IS GOING TO STAY IN LA NO MATTER ABOUT THE MONEY…DIDNT HE SAY I ALREADY INVESTED ALL MY MONEY, AND WOULD TAKE LESS TO BE IN LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WRONG!!!!!!!!! F& LAMAR IF HE LEAVES LA!!!!!!!!

    BRING BOOOOOOOOOOOZERRRRRRRRRRR

  • http://TheHighPosts.com TheHighPosts

    The ‘threat’ of leaving for Miami is much more credible than the one he made previously… that of jumping ship to the Clips…

  • jernae

    i think this is a rumor for real i heard that he would return to lakers this week by magic johnson i don’t believe this source at all

  • EVan T

    THE YAHOO REPORT IS IDENTICAL TO THE BSO REPORT IT SAYS “SOURCES SAY” ALL THROUGH IT. WHEN WILL THIS BE OVER. LO NEEDS LA AND LA NEEDS LO END OF STORY

  • Morry

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/60798/20090725/heat_make_no_progress_with_odom/

    This could be just a bluff to maybe pressure buss on offering more to odom. But i guess you dont know whats up with this situation !

  • Please Leave LA Lamar

    This is great news… No more inconsistent LO. Thank you Buss. Mitch please trade Luke and sasha now.

  • cjm

    now look, corky, i mean lamar, can’t help it if things get awfully confusing once there is more than one digit to consider. he is busy counting to 36m on his toes.

  • Ken G

    Good! I’m tired of all these cry babies “Oh, we can’t win without Lamar”, “Oh we can’t repeat without Lamar”, “Oh we couldn’t have won it without Lamar”.
    Look, if it wasn’t for Ariza’s role, we wouldnt have won it! Lamar never delivered what was expected from him his prior 6 yrs in LA.
    Have Faith! Buss & Mitch will deliver.
    Let his inconsistent Ass go! Anyone not a Laker is an enemy!!! Go Lakers!!

  • RonLakers85

    Thats What I’ve been talkin about all along with him or without him its about the PURPLE and GOLD!

  • LakersFirst

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    Well said… the Lakers were here winning championships before LO and the Lakers will continue to win championships after LO.

    It’s all about the LAKERS!

  • Victor

    BREAKING NEWS: “Lamar Odom signs a 4 year deal at 10M per with DKV Joventut. Rubio said he will come back to Joventut and play with Odom.”

  • Troy

    The Lakers have Kobe.
    The Celtics do not
    The Cavs do not
    The Mavs do not
    The Rockets do not
    The Spurs do not
    The Heat do not
    The Magic do not
    The Lakers can and will win again with or without LO…

  • http://iklklkl aaron24

    Fu<k Lamar Odumb

  • http://Twitter Israel

    The Lakers really need LO to repeat. If the deal falls through and he does leave to Miami We need to go get an LO type player. The only one that comes to mind is Boris Diaw. Make a package deal to include Sasha, Farmar and cash or draft picks and get something going. It looks to me that LO is gone !! So we need to improve the team quick because San Antonio just added another BIG in Ratilff and they already added Mcdyess and Jefferson so they are serious about making a real run at another title so we need to react quick and Sheldon Williams is not the answer…..Sorry Kupcheck !

  • Toon

    At a time when people struggle to find work, retain their jobs, or make money, Odom is playing the Lakers like he is on the brink of death. This is an insult to every middle class person. True, business is business. The NBA is a business, but this is a case of greed gone too far as it always has been.

  • http://iklklkl aaron24

    Lamar Odom is talking about doing the right thing for his family well Lamar your rich already. Couple of million dollars less isn’t going to kill you. People who are struggling to keap their jobs are looking for jobs have not even close to a million dollars working their whole life and still managed to sacrifice money to buy your jerset so they can support the Lakers and you while you think 36 million is not enough to be set for life plus the money you made 10 yrs ago

  • Victor

    @ toon and aaron24: I agree with you guys.

    I think LO just went up to Planet Jupiter and forgot the whole economic situation. People save up and work hard just to have extra money to buy game tickets and jerseys plus considering the financial crisis just makes it harder. So please, Odom, come up to your senses. Make a decision. Leave LA or stay in LA so we can all move on. I dont care if he joins Miami. The heat will choke.

  • http://www.inverter-china.com/blog lovekb

    Yes. This is definitely not good news. But everything wont be the end of the world.

  • ShowtimeEra

    Ok! Let LO go to Miami and watch as the story unfolds, Wade will see how inconsistent LO is at times and he’ll bail out of Miami and head to his hometown in Chicago and play in the house that Michael built, and poor Lamar will be stuck in Miami wacthing the Lakers compeat for championships and making history in the finals for the next couple of years. Who knows, he’ll be sharing the couch with Trevor Ariza contimplating their stupididy!

  • Brett W

    This whole Odom situation is not about the money…it’s about the guarantee. You guys keep mentioning how dumb Odom is or how cheap Buss by not giving in and just signing him or vice versa. You guys keep comparing apples to oranges with this deal. Odom wants as many years guaranteed as possible with obviously the max amount of money possible, but length of guarantee is most critical to him. I’m sure there’s a really good reason why Buss hasn’t offered longer guarantee periods to Odom, in fact I’m sure some of you guys could explain the downside to Odom on a long-term guaranteed contract.

    As for Odom wanting a “chill” environment or a team that he can just “cruise” on through the league with, I kinda doubt that theory a bit. Reason being, Wade wants a championship, Riley wants to give Wade a championship or he knows his franchise is F’ed, so there will be quite a bit of pressure on Odom to help retain Wade from leaving…after all he will be locked into a long-term contract on a team potentially without Wade.

    As for Odom being a guy that possibly Magic or Bird would want off of their team for not being the guy that WANTS a championship again, I doubt that thought as well. Only because, I know Kobe would not put up with someone not giving it their all, he might do it during the season to save face and maintain a somewhat positive/healthy team environment, but Kobe would definitely not “support” and “lobby” for Odom to sign with his team.

    All in all, I think this is mainly a bluff like a lot of you have stated, but I think this bluff is Plan B, that can easily go into effect if Buss doesn’t increase his guarantee length.

    My two cents

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    troy and brett are both homos, you need way more than kobe to win a ring.MIAMI is a player once again !the weed is supreme on the east coast…best of luck with your new team,lamar.

  • miamiheatare#1

    hahaha, the heat will get odom, wade, boozer, and maybe ai. we would spank the lakers all night. kobe bryant is a ball hog.

  • LakersFirst

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    You want AI??? Ok, well that automatically makes Miami a sh*tty team.

    Face it, Miami is not getting Boozer (at least not yet), because Utah actually wants value for him. If Miami gets Boozer, it will be the in the middle of the season. Don’t forget Boozer plays no defense whatsoever, so good luck with him.

    and well Lamar Odom…he’s an inconsistent bench player. The Miami want him to start and they think they’ll be good? HA! That’s a hoot.

    Face it Miami homo, this is DWade’s last year in Miami.

  • http://iklklkl aaron24

    hahaha, the heat will get odom, wade, boozer, and maybe ai. we would spank the lakers all night. kobe bryant is a ball hog.

    The heat can’t afford AI and Odom plus they have to lose haslem and beasley to get boozer. Also Iverson will mess up the team chemistry and a shooting gaurd so he would take a lot of shots or sometimes ballhog.

  • BosnianBullet21

    mitch, when you signed steve blake, you screwed everything up. LESS MONEY TO WORK WITH. We’re prob. gonna lose fish and lo cause of you. get out of here.

    • daboss1848

      thats not how the cba works – the blake signing has no effect on the cash available for fisher or brown