Odom watch: Monday night

There have been rumblings the summertime series known as the Lamar Odom contract negotiations is nearing a conclusion.

Rumblings.

After the way this thing has played out since July 1st, I’m tired of rumblings. But these do have a shred of truth to them, based on conversations I’ve had in the past couple of days.

CBS 2′s Jill Hill reported this afternoon that Odom will meet with Miami Heat president Pat Riley and superstar guard Dwyane Wade tonight.

Wade has been publicly campaigning for Odom to return to South Florida via his Twitter feed for weeks.

As we mentioned a couple of nights ago, Riley has a home in L.A., so it wasn’t clear if he was coming out West to meet with Odom or just to spend some time in his former haunts.

I still believe, based on recent conversations I’ve had with people who haven’t taken the vow of radio silence some of the principals in the negotiations have, that Odom will be back with L.A.

The Miami gambit is merely his best leverage at getting the Lakers to sweeten their offer. But financially, he can still make the most with the Lakers.

Earlier today, I spoke with a league source who said Odom may be toying with the idea of signing with Miami and testing free agency again in three years. If he thinks he can get a new contract after that third year, for more money, the financial picture starts to match up better.

With the way the league’s finances are going though, and the fact Odom will be 32 in three years, I can’t see him getting a better offer later. Which makes that idea a huge gamble.

The only other reason I can see Odom bolting is if he’s emotionally disappointed by how the Lakers handled the process. If he’s hurt they didn’t give him what he asked for, and merely likes the public courting the Heat have done.

Odom is a loyal guy, and an emotional guy, so it’s hard to know his state of mind. But he’s also a businessman, who has been successful in several different fields. I think that wins out in the end.

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  • Frankie

    Lamar Lamar beware of Greeks bringing gifts remember that tale of the Trojan War the only reason that Miami wants you is to use you for 1 or 2 years then they will trade you, the only untouchable in Miami is Wade no matter what they promise you, you will end up being traded after 1 or 2 years and that is a sure thing(look at what happened to Shaq, Shawn Marion, Jason Williams & etc – despite assurance from the team they weren’t going to trade them). No Other team has showed that they are willing to put up with your inconsistancy than the Lakers no other team has ever succeeded in rebuilding their team and incorporating your talent than the Lakers. So think very carefully don’t be easily seduced with sweet assurances from Wade or Riley coz if you look at the past they haven’t kept their promise to any of the players they traded or signed
    look it up if you don’t believe me the team’s history is no secret.

  • Holla Bolla

    Agreed Frankie.

    Riles has certainly been sketchy with loyalty over the years. See Stan Van Gundy.

    But how bout Wade’s loyalty? Love his game, but check this article out..major legal issues, and loyalty also questioned.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9860300/Wade-issues-keeping-lawyers-busy-

  • jersey7636

    LAMAR LISTEN UP!!!
    YOU WANTED MORE MONEY AND TO CONTINUE WINNING. THAT WAS THE BIG DEAL AT FIRST. NOW YOU ARE CONSIDERING A LESSER DEAL WITH A LESSER TEAM. THE HEAT CAN NOT BEAT THE CAVS, CELTICS, MAYBE THE MAGIC. THEN AGAIN, THAT’S IF YOU HAVE BOOZER, WADE STAYS HEALTHY AND ONEAL STAYS HEALTHY. THAT’S A LOT OF IFFS. YES YOU HAVE TALENT AND A GREAT DEAL OF IT. ON THE OTHERHAND, FOR A GUY THAT IS INCONSISTENT AS YOURSELF AND HAS A CHANCE TO START FOR LA OR GET STARTING MINUTES BECAUSE OF INJURIES AND FOUL TROUBLE, SHUT UP AND TAKE THE DEAL. YOU HAVE ALREADY PROVEN TO BE FRAGILE ON THE ESPN INTERVIEW, BEING HURT THAT THEY DID NOT VIEW YOU AS A TOP FREE AGENT. YOUR A PRO. ACT LIKE ONE. TAKE THE SHORTER THE DEAL WITH MORE MONEY FROM LA. IF YOU LIVE UP TO THE ABILITY WE KNOW YOU HAVE, OPT OUT. JUST REMEMBER THOUGH THE CAP WILL BE LESS, YOU WILL BE OLDER AND SOME NEW HOT YOUNGER NAMES WILLL BE OUT THERE. HOW MUSCH DO YOU THINK AN INCONSITENT 34 YEAR OLD IS WORTH?? YOU WILL BE LUCK IF YOU GET THE MID LEVEL THEN. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR SPEAK TO BUSS AND GET THE ORIGINAL DEAL BACK AND APLOLIGIZE IF YOU HAVE TO. AT THE END YOU’LL BE LAUGHING TO THE BANK, GETTING CHAMPIONSHIP ENDORSEMENTS AND WILL NOT HAVE TO UPROOT YOUR FAMILY OR SIDE BUSINESS.
    WE ALL NEED TOUGH LUV SOME TIMES!

  • jase

    Lamar, you have to be kidding me! He is toying with the idea he can go to miami and get a 3 year contract and afterwards see if he can land a big deal. First you will be 32 and remember you didnt average even 15 points per game last season. Lakers offered you 3 years at 10 million. So you turn that down and go play for way less for 3 years and why wouldnt you done that with the lakers. Oh wait the ones who you won a ring with last year which you wont win in miami. This whole deal just goes to show lamar is not really a winner and wants to go play for a losing team because he is butt hurt the lakers didnt pay him way over market value for what he is worth. IF i were jerry buss i would help him make the decision to leave and tell him to hit the road. We can pick up another forward down the road before feb and tho he is not replaceable if we can get close then its done we can win without him. I cant belive he is taking this long too sign…… maybe he just wants a little attention and is going to sign with the lakers anyway. what an idiot

  • GlobalLakersFan

    Lamar – you are right. You deserve a guaranteed 4 year $36M contract. I any given year you would have received it. However, like the rest of us, it’s time to suck it up and take a pay cut. The economy sucks. Poor baby. $10M a year – THIRTY MILLION in 3 years is not enough. Not to mention endorsements, playoff winning shares, commercials and all your side businesses. Oh yes, and don’t forget those rings either. Suck it up, apologize, tell your agent he’s an idiot, and beg Buss to put the deal back on the table.

    Dr Buss – We love you. However, sometimes you can be a bit stubborn for the good of the franchise. Lamar had no right talking to Miami while we had an offer on the table. However, for the good of the team, the franchise and the fans, PLEASE, give the greedy shmucks another offer???

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with jersey7636 and I think everyone makes a good point here. I as a fan am tired of all this LAMAR DRAMA. why abandon a perfectly superior Battle Ship for a hole riddled dingy? Answer: money! Hey the fans who love you work their tail off everyday and dont even make close to what you make! Maybe I should not come to work one day and tell my agent to tell my boss that I’m going to talk to a rival company. Any guess what would happen to me then?

  • Roland

    First of all to all you Laker fans who have your head so far up your you know whats Lamar is going to Miami for one reason Jerry Buss is a dumb ego maniac. Lamar was only dealt by the Heat b/c Shaq was the prize and a championship was the reward. Also I would like to point out that the Lakers didn’t rebuild all that quickly it took many years since trading Shaq. The Heat on the other hand rebuilt there franchise by signing Lamar and drafting Wade and actually took the Pacers to game 7 of the second round playoffs that same year. Lamar actually ressurected his career and was able to get a good contract with the Heat and that is why he wants to return to the Heat, oh yea and b/c Kobe is a duesch bag and Wade is not….

  • Kurt

    Roland your a moron! The Heat will struggle and trade Lamar like they did last time. I do like Wade, but he will probably get sick of Riles and people with no loyalty and head to NYC! With or without Odom we will win another championship. Artest is much better at defense and offense and Kupchak will pull something off if Odom splits. Go cry in your spilt milk!

  • Frankie

    Right you are Kurt, it seems Pat Riley likes to get players who are nearly over the hill to make him look like a genius, the difference is Shaq was an all-star with a good year or two left with him, while Odom hardly nearly became an all-star and never lived up to his potential and now after proving that he is a better role player and he plays better without pressure on him, he is thinking of going to a team that needs an all-star with the pressure on him all the time. . . . . . smart just like the Jermaine O Neal gamble the heat will end up 1 or 2 game of making the playoffs this coming season.(also its starting to look like the Heat likes getting ex-lakers who are head cases – shaq and smush parker the most recent and prominent – will Lamar be next????)

  • Yanni C

    2010 Miami Heat ; Odam , Boozer ? & Wade … Not Bad.
    Wade will re-up. As for the Lakers, Marvin Williams could fill the void left by Lamar.

  • http://twitter.com/max_in_missouri Max

    Kobe is known as a bad person/teammate/rapist. Wade is not.

    Make the leap, Odom!

  • RolandSucksWeiner

    Roland, you speak purely on emotions. With or without Lamar your team is going to suck. Don’t even compare Wade to Kobe by the way. Wade would be nothing if it weren’t for the treatment he gets every time he bulldozes his way into the paint with no intent on putting the ball in the hoop. Kobe is one of the last true superstars.

  • bullet

    I’m dead tired of this issue- the circus and all the gimmik publicity. Odom if you really want to get out from Lakers, do it if you do have balls…
    we (lakers fans) are not afraid to lose you, because we all know what the lakers can do even w/o you..you want more money go ahead and find it. go back you where you belong (heat). and for the miame heat management, where is your balls? after treading odom and now your begging him to come home? sucks! dont pick up your shit!

  • G-MAN

    Lamar should have fired his agent. More money sounds sweet. But winning more rings with the LAKERS, that is history. What can you feed your family with $9 million a year?

  • G-MAN

    Lamar should have fired his agent. More money sounds sweet. But winning more rings with the LAKERS, that is history. What can you feed your family with $9 million a year?