Lakers Rumors: LA Would Be Moving in Wrong Direction by Signing Lamar Odom

This NBA offseason hasn't gone the way the Los Angeles Lakers had hoped, but the team must avoid chasing Lamar Odom to try to add depth to its roster.

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, and Bleacher Report, reported that the two sides may be heading for a reunion.

It's an interesting idea, but the Lakers are entering a crucial season. With Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of reporting that the team is preparing to pursue superstar free agents next offseason, Los Angeles needs to make smart signings right now.

Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets, Metta World Peace was amnestied and Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon near the end of last season. This season's team will look a lot different than the 2012-2013 Lakers.

With so much turmoil recently, adding Odom to the roster wouldn't be a great addition.

The Lakers have a lineup filled with aging stars. Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are all past their prime. They may still have big seasons, but they are not quite what they used to be.

It would not be a good idea to doubt Bryant and his ability to come back from an injury. Whether he is ready for the start of the season or misses some games, he's going to be a star. After 17 seasons in the league, it's tough to envision the Lakers not having Bryant in the lineup when the season starts.

Assuming Bryant is ready to play, the Lakers will still have a chance to contend this season.

Bryant averaged over 27 points and six assists per game last year (the latter matched a career high). His 5.6 rebounds per game were highest he had achieved in over five years.

With a core of Bryant, Nash and Gasol, Los Angeles still has enough stars to win games.

The Lakers have made many roster moves in order to bring in cheaper pieces to help its core. Chris Kaman, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Farmar and Nick...

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