Clippers don’t plan to add Lamar Odom to roster

The Clippers don't plan to add Lamar Odom to their roster, according to a league source familiar with the team's thought process. Credit: (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The Clippers don’t plan to add Lamar Odom to their roster, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thought process. Credit: (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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Antawn Jamison to play for Clippers next season

For the second consecutive season, Antawn Jamison will play one season for the veteran’s minimum in hopes of winning his first NBA championship.

There’s one key difference, though. Jamison won’t do that with the Lakers again, instead choosing their crosstown rivals, the Clippers, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The Clippers have said they’re interested in adding both Jamison and retaining Lamar Odom, according to a league source familiar with the situation. But the source added it’s currently unclear to what degree the details surrounding Odom’s alleged drug addiction will affect his future with the team.
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