Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian Coming Home To Los Angeles?
Lamar Odom's NBA career may well be arriving full-circle.
ESPN and The Los Angeles Times report that the one-time Sixth Man of the Year and NBA Championship winner is now sought in a trade by the Los Angeles Clippers, where the power forward began his career from 1999-2003.
The Dallas Mavericks - who acquired Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers this past winter, before eventually placing him on the "inactive" list before the season's end - must decide by Friday whether they'll by out his $2.4-million contract's final year. Either way, the Mavericks likely want him gone: his brief Dallas run last year yielded career-low averages in points (6.6 per game) and rebounds (4.2), compared with his SMOY-winning 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds with the Lakers in 2010-2011.
For the trade to happen, the Clippers need to find a dumping ground for guard Mo Williams and his $8.5-million option with the Clippers.
In 13 NBA seasons, Odom has career averages of 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds, plus NBA Championships won with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. More recently, he's reportedly been considered a very possible addition to an injury-hampered U.S. Men's Basketball squad headed to London this summer for the Olympics. The U.S. team has been depleted by major injuries to the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (herniated disc) and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (torn ACL.)
To such an end, he and wife Khloe Kardashian announced this past spring that they would temporarily shelve their E! "Keeping Up with The Kardashians" spin-off "Khloe & Lamar" so that Odom could renew his career after a physically hampered past few seasons.