This hardly seems to be the episode Lamar Odom wants aired out on reality television.
Amid reports that Odom has suffered from drug addiction, it appears fewer and fewer teams are interested in his services. After planning to officially sign veteran forward Antawn Jamison Wednesday at the veteran’s minimum worth $1.4 million, the Clippers no longer are interested in resigning Odom, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thought process.
Once Jamison’s signing becomes official, the Clippers will have 14 players under contract, one player shy of the NBA’s imposed maximum number of players allowed on a roster. But the Clippers plan to fill out the last roster spot at some point during training camp, which begins in late September, according to a source. The Clippers would welcome Odom to training camp, though it remains unclear if he’d be interested in just that. Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, hasn’t responded to numerous requests for comment regarding his client in recent days.
The Clippers had wanted to retain Odom at the veteran’s minimum despite spending the first half of the season out of shape and averaging four points on 39.9 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds. Those numbers marked his lowest statistical output in his 14-year NBA career. But the Clippers’ sentiments quickly changed amid reports of Odom’s drug problems and after agreeing to terms Monday with Jamison.
The Lakers met with Odom in early July, but that meeting never materialized into anything. The Lakers’ interest quickly dwindled well before reports trickled out regarding his alleged drug issues. The move was considered controversial at the time because of Odom was only a season removed from winning the NBA’s sixth man of the year award. But the Lakers traded Odom two years ago to the Dallas Mavericks for a $8.9 million trade exception, a 2012 first-round pick and 2012 second-round pick after he expressed offense to the team’s original hopes to send him to the New Orleans in the nixed Chris Paul deal.
Odom averaged a then-career low 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 50 games with Dallas, eventually prompting owner Mark Cuban to confront him. Still, the Clippers acquired Odom in a four-team trade that involved the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. The Clippers originally drafted Odom No. 4 overall in 1999. He averaged 15.38 points through four seasons with the Clippers before abruptly leaving in 2003 for the Miami Heat.
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