Lamar Odom Is Safe Free-Agency Target for Los Angeles Lakers

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Lakers are intrigued by the prospect of signing unrestricted free agent Lamar Odom to a one-year deal. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles confirms that the Lakers have reached out to Odom.

With the Lakers in as much disarray as they currently are, targeting Odom is just about the safest thing they could do.

The Lakers have been turned on their heads over the past calendar year, experiencing one of the most disappointing seasons in NBA history and losing their most prized possession in Dwight Howard.

Even with a stellar core, they need help—something they're cautiously pursuing.

At this point, the only question is why not?

Odom has been a shell of himself over the past two seasons, failing to discover any form of consistency with the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers. While that may be a turnoff, that truth actually plays into L.A.'s favor.

Oh, the ups and downs of the NBA.


Low-Cost Acquisition

If this were July of 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers would be paying Lamar Odom somewhere in the market of $8 million per season. After two disastrous seasons with the Clippers and Mavericks, however, Odom could be available for cheap as he looks to prove he still has NBA game.

Who better to give him that opportunity than the team he won two titles with?

Odom has a mountain to climb before restoring his reputation, as the past two seasons have caused some to question whether or not he's hit his decline. By the numbers, it appears as if Odom is moving closer to retirement.

Two years removed from winning the Sixth Man of the Year award, Odom shot just 39.9 percent from the field for the Clippers in 2012-13.

If the Lakers are able to sign him to a deal for the veteran's minimum, it will be as risk-free a contract as they could ...

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