Artest reaches out to Odom

According to a story in the New York Daily News, Ron Artest said he has reached out to fellow Queens standout Lamar Odom, who remains a free agent after turning down the Lakers’ twin offers last week of $30 million over three years or $36 million over four. Artest said he hopes their neighborhood connection will persuade Odom to re-sign with the NBA champions.

“I hope that helps,” said Artest, who was interviewed after playing for his neighborhood team in a outdoor tournament in the Bronx. “I hope he comes back to play with us. I already reached out to him and will (again).”

Artest signed a five-year deal worth about $34 million earlier this month. He and Odom have played with and against each other since they were youngsters growing up in New York.

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  • Sam Gilbert

    Did it start off:

    Hey Lamar,
    This is the guy who’s going to knock you down another notch on the shot-option list….