After what can only be described as a tumultuous lost season with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12, forward Lamar Odom can’t get out of Texas soon enough.
His Mavs tenure ended with a deactivation after a heated confrontation with owner Mark Cuban during halftime of Dallas’ April 7 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
While it’s no secret that Odom won’t be back with the team next season, there’s a question as to how he’ll be on the move.
A June 29 deadline looms on the Mavericks $2.4 million buyout option on Odom’s contract, though the team and Odom’s agent have talked about pushing that deadline back so that the Mavs can find a trade.
Regardless, the power forward’s market will be fluid over the coming days and weeks.
Since our goal here at B/R is to keep you ahead of the curve on all the latest rumors and buzz, we’ve created a tracker specifically for Odom and will be updating it with up-to-the-minute news as it breaks.
Clippers Are Interested in Odom, Lakers May Facilitate Deal by Acquiring Guard Mo Williams
According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Clippers, in recent days, have expressed strong interest bringing Odom back to the team that drafted him, but almost any deal hinges on a team picking up Williams’ $8.5 million price tag for next season.
With Williams coming off one of his best career seasons, sources tell Stein that multiple teams have inquired about the Clippers’ sixth man.
One of those teams is the Los Angeles Lakers, and, ironically enough, they would be using the trade exemption, which they gained in dealing Odom to Dallas, for Williams.
For the Clippers, they feel that a return to a comfortable environment is all Odom needs to regain his pre-Dallas form. And if that’s the case, the other Los Angeles team could get a massive steal here.
Lakers Unlikely to Be a Part of the Odom Sweepstakes
With the NBA unwilling to waive the new “one-year” return rule for traded players, the Lakers would have to wait until Dec. 11 to acquire their former sixth man.
And according to the Los Angeles Times, both sides seem unlikely to wait the six weeks necessary in order for Odom to make his return.
New York Is at the Top of Odom’s Wishlist
According to a source who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley, Odom’s first choice is to become a Knick:
“It definitely won’t be the fiasco that it was last year,” the Odom source said of the 13-year veteran’s approach to 2012-13. “He wants to find a place where he can end his career, and New York is ideal. He’s won championships in the past and he wants to win another. And to do it there would be great.”
Despite his love for the beach, Odom is a Queens native and has spent time in New York filming reality shows with his wife Khloe Kardashian in recent years.
Odom-to-New York is probably only possible in a buy-out situation, and that’s looking less likely by the minute.
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