More Odom

The Lakers’ pursuit of unrestricted free agent Lamar Odom has ground
to a halt, an NBA source said Tuesday afternoon. After raising their
offer to Odom to more than $9 million per season, the Lakers have
pulled the offer from the table because they failed to receive a
response from Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz.
Jerry Buss, the Lakers’ team owner, gave the OK to raise the ante to
more than $9 million from more than $8 million last week. Buss became
upset that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak did not get a yea or
a nay from Schwartz, the source said.
Plus, Buss was said to be miffed that Odom’s representative has
started negotiations with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat,
neither of whom can offer the versatile forward more than the
mid-level exception ($5.8 million for next season).
It’s been reported that Odom seeks a deal that averages $10 million
per season.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban told a reporter from NBA-TV that he spoke
with Schwartz on Monday. There also have been persistent rumors that
the Heat is interested in Odom, who signed a six-season, $65-million
deal with Miami in 2003.
The Heat dealt Odom to the Lakers in the Shaquille O’Neal trade in
2004.

–Elliott Teaford

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  • Dave J

    I say the Lakers are ok to move on.. Lamar is good, but inconsistent. He will score 19 points one night, then he’ll score 6 points the next. People forget about the Phoenix series(s) a couple of years ago when Odom DISAPPEARED and the 2007-2008 finals against Boston he did the same thing. We should put the onus on Bynum, sign Drew Gooden(for 2.5-3.0 mil), maybe add Mikki Moore(for 1m), and move on. Remember folks, we have Artest, who is an upgrade over Ariza.

    Go Lakers!!!

  • Dave J

    I say the Lakers are ok to move on.. Lamar is good, but inconsistent. He will score 19 points one night, then he’ll score 6 points the next. People forget about the Phoenix series(s) a couple of years ago when Odom DISAPPEARED and the 2007-2008 finals against Boston he did the same thing. We should put the onus on Bynum, sign Drew Gooden(for 2.5-3.0 mil), maybe add Mikki Moore(for 1m), and move on. Remember folks, we have Artest, who is an upgrade over Ariza.

    Go Lakers!!!

  • RIck

    Yes, Odom is inconsistent but he usually manages to contribute even if he isn’t filling the stat sheet. And throw out that Boston series, where almost everyone played bad, he’s been pretty damn consistent on two runs to the finals. Hell, he was the Laker’s #2 rebounder in the playoffs last year. Bynum was even less consistent, even before his injury, and nobody knows if he’s going to be able to come back to full strength. If he goes down during the regular season, again, or does a post-contract Elden Campbell impersonation for the first three months of the season, again, the Lakers will definitely miss Odom. Artest can play a bit bigger than his size, but he’s not the model of consistency either.

    Turning down 9 million is a puzzling move to be sure, and if he’s going to do that then the Lakers may just have to move on. But to just pretend like him leaving won’t hurt the depth of the team is classic Laker Fan Myopia.

  • la

    go get odom!to make it back-back championship….its not about consistent play….its about who can make the play at the crucial moments!Odom was one of those people.

  • DieHard

    Odom was an important piece of of the Championship this year. But let’s remember folks he has been inconsistent his whole career and HAD to play his ass off in the Finals because he was in a contract year. I agree with the Buss family. 3 years max. If he signs a 5 year deal he will disappear again and we will be stuck with his contract. If he doesn’t sign he will be missed but not as much with Artest and Bynum healthy.

  • Carlo

    Odom deserves his money. Lakers will regret it if they let Odom leave. Sorry to burst your bubble but Dallas can offer Odom more than the Mid Level through a sign and trade. Buckner’s contract plus expiring contracts adds up to $9 million (Buckner’s contract can be then bought out for $1 Million.) odom is important for the lakers quest to win another championship. Odom and ariza’s loss doesn’t equate Artest brilliance. 2 good players is always better than one. 10mil is chump change if you will bring home the NBA crown.

  • The Rodfatha

    Although Odom maybe inconsistent, he does have a locker room presence that doesn’t show up the stat sheet. one thing needed for any championship team is team camaraderie and chemistry. You can have guys fill up stat sheets, but can be a whack teammate. He grew up w/Ron Ron and is well loved by his teammates. I think the investment in Odom is critical, especially with Fish being in his last year of his contract and it might be his last. So Odom can fill in his shoes as Co-captain/leader on the team. Get the talks going Lakers! Purple & Gold all day everyday

  • lakerfan

    @carl0:

    The Lakers would have to agree to any sign-and-trade… so without our complicity, there is no other option for Odom to get more than the Mid Level exemption. The Lakers don’t want Greg Bruckner and expiring contracts and we have no obligation to take anything from Dallas.

    It’s crazy how we’re being forced to bargain against ourselves. There is no more money left out there for Lamar – he has no other leverage!!!!

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Why would the Lakers (or anybody else) agree to sign and trade Odom to the Mavs? That just makes no sense.

    Sign Drew Gooden for the vet minimum, or trade one of your expiring contracts (Morrison?) for some help at the F position. There are actually some decent bench players out there.

  • Anonymous

    carlo

    any team, in your line of thinking can offer Odom more. why would the Lakers do a S&T if they don’t want anything from Dallas? There’s no clause that the Lakers have to deal, they can just let LO walk as an UFA and call it a day.

    I hope something gets done, but LO’s agent is not being very smart if he thinks he can bully Dr. Buss. I say, 5 yr contract/8mil per year, 4 yrs guaranteed with 5th yr team option.

    It’s either money or length. Can’t be both.

  • Omar R.

    Lamar is one of the most talented/versatile payers in the league .He is the biggest reason Lakers won this championship. Give L.O. what he deserves!! . He can consistently put up a double/double per game .with Kobe / L.O. / Gasol and now Ron on the team, we are looking at least 3-4 more championships runs. Are we really talking about 1 million per year for a great player at a billion dollar franchise? REALLY!!!
    Understandably Dr.Buss is a bit upset, but we are talking about the most liked NBA player in the league.

  • Flappy

    Lamar’s a fool. Lakers offered fair deals. 9 million dollars a year isn’t enough? Give me a break.

    I hope the Lakers don’t sign him and he goes somewhere else. But I’m a Spurs fan, that’s why. If Odom leaves then Lakers are not as good. Go Spurs!

  • clyde s.

    omar your wrong. KOBE is the biggest reason lakers won the championship. hence the MVP trophy. odom CAN’T put up consistant double/doubles or he would have while bynum was hurt. he is one of the most versatile “veterans” in the league, but not even in the top 30 in talent. and we are looking at alot more than 1 mil a year. we have 2mil to give odom to match lux tax. so 7 mil above and lakers pay an additional 7mil per year to the nba. so we would be really paying 9mil plus 7mil=16million for the next 2 years to keep a once in a while dominant player mr. odom. and he’s not the most liked nba player. that would be KOBE again, hence he sold over 100,000 more jerseys than the 2nd. place labron last year. kobe has sold more jerseys in the last 2 years than odom in his whole career. what are you a clipper fan ? still hurt odom bolted even though the clippers wanted to match miami and odom asked them not to? we have players to replace him. and artest like to play extended minutes. like 35 minutes a game. which will leave 13 to split between luke and powell.