It genuinely is good news that both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are paying attention to Lamar Odom’s recent basketball workouts, because that means Lamar Odom is actually working out, and presumably in better shape than wherever he was physically and mentally in the months since his last NBA game earlier in 2013. The former Laker and Clipper would seem to have an outside chance with either team if his contributions at least approximated what he gave the Clippers over a decade ago, or the Lakers from 2004 to 2011, but his last two seasons with Dallas and the Clippers would seem to put that hope on the kibosh.
Still, it’s nice to know that Odom has a ball in his hands, and is giving an NBA comeback one last go. From Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein at ESPN:
Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers and Lakers -- who both registered interest in signing Odom this past summer until his private life became a near-daily subject for the tabloid media -- will have renewed interest in the 33-year-old if he indeed makes a comeback this season.
Odom recently began training again with an eye toward making a return to the floor during the second half of the season, sources have said.
Sources stressed, though, that neither the Clippers nor the Lakers have had recent contact with Odom beyond calls inquiring about his personal welfare.
It’s important to point out that this sort of news likely came from Odom’s camp, which is fine, but also something to consider. I mean, it’s not as if the Clippers and Lakers are randomly calling up two reporters in Stein and Shelburne (two very good and well-sourced reporters, I should note) to give Lamar Odom updates. Not when the Lakers (who already have 15 players, the league maximum, on their roster) can’t even technically sign him right now, and not with the Clippers now having twice let Odom go over an offseason because of financial and off the court concerns.
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