Lamar Odom is training in hopes to return to the Lakers or Clippers, which both teams were interested in bringing him back until things got a bit crazy with his personal life. For now, they are just keeping an eye on things.
In fact, they won’t make a move until the NBA veteran has taken care of some offseason issues, Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com report.
Odom has been the center of much gossip in recent months, when he was rumored to be using crack cocaine and charged with driving under the influence. He was also dealing with various family problems.
Odom has had off-court struggles his whole career, but he still produced in his five seasons with the Clippers and seven with the Lakers, where he was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. He has career averages of 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds a game and was a big part of the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 championships.
Odom is training again, according to ESPN, and although the Clippers and Lakers have not contacted him “beyond calls inquiring about his personal welfare,” both teams were already interested before the problems arose this summer.
“Odom has a positive history with both the Clippers and Lakers that sources say keeps the door open for a return as long as he can convince those teams he can get back into basketball shape and is committed to resurrecting his NBA career,” ESPN reports.
The Clippers and Lakers both have roster flexibility and could easily add another player.