Would Lamar Odom Be Worth the Trouble for LA Lakers?

Lamar Odom may have a place or two in the NBA waiting for him if he gets his act together.

Sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers continue to monitor Odom's situation, and that each would be interested in signing him if his life is in order:

The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to monitor Lamar Odom's progress as closely as they can, and would consider signing the enigmatic free-agent forward should Odom prove that his personal and legal issues are behind him, according to sources with knowledge of both teams' thinking.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers and Lakers -- who both registered interest in signing Odom this past summer until his private life became a near-daily subject for the tabloid media -- will have renewed interest in the [34-year-old] if he indeed makes a comeback this season.

Since being traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Odom's career and life off the court have entered a downward spiral. Owner Mark Cuban dismissed him from the Mavs midway through the 2011-12 season. Odom didn't return to action until 2012-13 upon being dealt to the Clippers.

Back in Los Angeles, the everything forward was supposed to thrive. While he appeared in all 82 games for the Clippers, he averaged just four points a game on 39.9 percent shooting in under 20 minutes a night. The highlight of his season was registering 10.7 rebounds per 36 minutes. 

Not long after the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies, Odom's off-court life went south.

Over the last few months, TMZ reported that he was arrested for driving under the influence and battling an ongoing drug problem.

Mounting off-court controversy has left Odom out of the NBA. Should he prove himself mentally and physically able to handle a return, though, there will be su...

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