Every player that has spent an extended period in the Association, has experienced at least one game during their career, that they would like to bury in the dark recesses of their memory bank. Veteran forward Lamar Odom, is attempting to go through that process, on a grander scale. The player who received the NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Award in 2011, is trying to distance himself from the entire 2011-2012 campaign, which ended for him when Dallas Mavericks Team Owner Mark Cuban, sent him home for the summer, before the team entered the Playoffs.
Odom wants to prove that this past season was just an aberration and that he can still be a big part of a team looking to contend for an NBA Title. The “Los Angeles Times” reported on Wednesday, that the Los Angeles Clippers, also believe that the big man still has plenty left in his tank and the paper’s sources state that the club is negotiating with Dallas, to try to swing a deal that would bring Odom back to the franchise who took him with the fourth pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
The veteran who helped the Lakers win back to back Championships, had reservations last summer about returning to the Association, for this past season, after going through some personal tragedies, which shook him deeply. Although Odom decided to play this past season, he would hit a rocky patch before the season even started, as the Lakers attempted to send him and Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets, in a three-team deal, that would have put Chris Paul in a Lakers uniform.
Even though the Association vetoed the trade, Odom felt unwanted by the Lakers and demanded to be traded to another club. Los Angeles granted his wish, sending him to the Dallas Mavericks. The veteran however, never fit in with the Mavericks and suffered through his worst season in his NBA career, as he played in 50 games and averaged just 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assist per contest. His season would end in emotional confrontation with Cuban, who questioned his commitment to the club.
Odom’s current contract would pay him $8.2 million for the upcoming campaign, however the Mavericks could use a buy-out clause in the contract, which would give the big man $2.9 million and make him an unrestricted Free Agent. The paper is reporting that the Clippers would like to bring the veteran back to the team that he played his first four seasons in the Association with, but to make that deal, they would have to find a new home for veteran point guard Mo Williams.
Williams is expected to exercise his player option for the upcoming campaign, putting him on the books for $8.5 million. The Clippers co-tenants at the Staples Center, could have interest in Williams, who lost his starting job with the Clippers last season, after the club acquired Chris Paul.