Marc Stein of ESPN recently ranked the Top 20 expiring contracts and rated the probability of the player being traded. Looks like Lamar will stay put according to his sources…
6. Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers)
Expiring Salary: $14,148,596
Soon to be traded? UNLIKELY
Odom repeatedly has insisted that, even in a contract year, he’s OK with his new role as the Lakers’ sixth man.
If the Lakers are convinced of that, why would they dare mess with their chemistry by trading Odom during the season, especially given how well they’ve played in November? Even an Odom-for-Marion swap, which does make some sense for both teams, represents a risk for L.A. because Marion isn’t big enough to stand in for Andrew Bynum should Bynum’s injury issues return.
So it’s probably smarter for the Lakers to wait until the offseason and bank on the idea that they could convince Odom to participate in a sign-and-trade — and thereby avoid losing him without compensation — if the current harmony doesn’t last.