Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Lamar Odom, Elton Brand and More

They missed out on Dwight Howard, but the Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to improve their team and make another run at a championship.

As such, there are a number of rumors involving the team floating around. Who are the Lakers looking at to try to become a better team?

We'll break down the latest buzz surrounding the purple and gold below.


Lamar Odom

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA, the Lakers are interested in bringing back Lamar Odom:

Odom seems to be past his prime and is definitely declining in skill. After averaging 14.4 points for the Lakers in 2010-11, the 33-year-old Odom averaged just 6.6 points for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12, and only four points for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

While it's possible that a return to the Lakers could help rejuvenate Odom, it's not likely. He's declined in nearly every meaningful statistical area since leaving the Lakers. Averaging four points in 19 minutes a game with the Clippers, while playing with Chris Paul, should be a red flag for the Lakers. 

The Lakers may want to recapture the glory days, but re-signing Odom is not the way to do it. His decline is real and he may create more distractions than necessary.

It would be wise for Los Angeles to stay away. 


Elton Brand

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA, the Lakers are interested in Elton Brand:


Although they signed Chris Kaman, the Lakers could use some more interior depth. While not the same player he used to be, Brand had a decent season with the Dallas Mavericks last year, averaging 7.2 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes per game.

Brand wouldn't start for the Lakers, but he would be a nice option off the bench. He's a good rebounder and would bring good effo...

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