Could Lamar Odom Put Past Aside, Return to Los Angeles Lakers?

After Dwight Howard selected the Houston Rockets as his next dancing partner, the Los Angeles Lakers are facing dire straits. They're in danger of finding themselves on the wrong half of the Western Conference standings for the first time since 2005.

You know, back when Lamar Odom was on the team. Remember him? The guy with the reality show and his own unisex fragrance. 

Well, as noted by Billy Witz of the New York Times, the Lakers have "only $3.2 million to find a free-agent replacement" for Howard. They also lost backup center Earl Clark to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract, too rich for the Lakers blood.

So general manager Mitch Kupchak is now left scrambling to find any and all competent big men who can be had for a bargain. 

That's why it's not so surprising that Lamar Odom's name has come up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles informed Twitterers of the development.

Lakers tweeters were atwitter about the news.

Though Odom and the Lakers endured a bitter breakup, it appears that he did not burn his bridges completely.

Odom won Sixth Man of the Year as a Laker in 2011, averaging 14.4 points on 53 percent shooting and 8.7 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game.

Then everything went horribly wrong for Odom. As the NBA lockout altered the summer and fall, the Lakers orchestrated a deal that would have swapped Odom and Pau Gasol in a three-team exchange to receive Chris Paul in return. Yes please.

Though commissioner David Stern vetoed the deal because the New Orleans Hornets were under league control, Odom became disgruntled after being used as a trade chip. Soon after, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Somewhere along the journey to Texas, Dr. Evil must have stolen Odom's mojo. He played so poorly for Dallas t...

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