Lakers Rumors: Signing Lamar Odom Would Be Harmless Risk for L.A.

Throughout the duration of the 2013 NBA offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers have been tied to former Sixth Man of the Year award winner Lamar Odom. With Odom having spent seven seasons with the Lakers, there's reason to believe they could reunite.

While some have questioned whether or not the Lakers will use their final guaranteed contract on Odom, taking a risk on the 33-year-old is as harmless as they come.

Odom and the Lakers have played a back-and-forth game, as conflicting reports have revealed questionable interest from both sides. The latest report, however, states that Odom is warming up to the idea of returning to L.A.

Unfortunately, the Lakers aren't sold.

Since leaving the Lakers in 2011, it's been all downhill for Odom.

Odom won the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year award, averaging 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists on 53.0 percent shooting from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point range. In the two years since, Odom has averaged no more than 6.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists on sub-40.0 percent shooting.

The question is, what do the Lakers have to lose from bringing him on?


Kobe: The Motivator

In the video provided above, the NBA perfectly illustrates the qualities that Kobe Bryant displays as a leader. During the course of the video, it's revealed that Odom and Bryant have one of the most interesting relationships in basketball.

At the core of their friendship is Bryan't uncanny ability to motivate Odom and thus bring the best out of him.

I need a person like Kobe 'cause I need him to say, you know, when there's four minutes left in the game and we're down eight, I need him to tell me: "We're gonna be all right, we're gonna win this game. I just need you to get this done."

So why not trust Kobe to help Odom again?

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