Seemingly uncomfortable as No. 2 man in offense, the forward has flourished since Gasol’s arrival bumped him to No. 3.
L.A. Times: The trade deadline came and went, and Lamar Odom didn’t have to worry, for once.
Last year, he was rumored to be heading to New Jersey for Jason Kidd. Two years ago, it was to New York for Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson and Channing Frye.
Three years ago, the rumor mill had Odom going just about everywhere — to Sacramento for Peja Stojakovic and to Utah for Carlos Boozer. This year? He spent the All-Star break on a tranquil getaway in Santa Barbara, without any anxious phone calls from friends and family.
“These five days were great for me,” Odom said. “It felt a month long.”
The main reason for the Lakers’ inactivity in the days before Thursday’s deadline was their acquisition of Pau Gasol three weeks earlier, their lone venture into a vigorous big-name trade market. Had Gasol not been obtained, Odom probably would have received a few unsettling “here’s what might be happening” phone calls from his agent.
Another reason for the Lakers to stand pat was their curiosity, if not eagerness, to see how a starting frontline of Gasol, Odom and Andrew Bynum would fare in the Western Conference.