5 Worst Landing Spots for Lamar Odom Next Season

Kelly Scaletta@@KellyScalettaFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

5 Worst Landing Spots for Lamar Odom Next Season

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    Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to part ways. While he's still officially a member of the team, he won't be playing anymore.

    He won't be on the bench. He won't be with the team. He'll just be listed as inactive for next year. 

    The Mavs can buy him out for next year for just $2 million, which is what they are most likely going to do. That means he'll be free to go sign somewhere else. 

    That "somewhere else" excludes two teams.

    Obviously, Dallas is one team he won't be headed back to. The other is the Los Angeles Lakers; by NBA rule, the Lakers are prohibited from signing Odom until one year after they traded him away. 

    Now, the Lakers could re-sign him if he waits and signs at that point. If they could, it might work, and they wouldn't be on this list anyway. 

    There are five teams he shouldn't even consider, though. 

New Jersey Nets

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    The New Jersey Nets are going to be moving where Brooklyn's bright lights will be shining on them. The Nets will be looking to make some major moves in the offseason to try retaining Deron Williams so as to keep their move in their new digs from being a total disaster.

    The problem is that, with Dwight Howard opting to stay with Orlando for another year, there really aren't any big-name free agents available. The Nets simply don't have the players available to make a big step in the winning direction.

    They might turn to the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to bring them a "name" player, but that would be a huge mistake. Post-meltdown Odom is not ready for the bright lights, even if it is in Kardashian country. 

    The fans in New Jersey would come down on Odom faster than the Nets could fall in the standings without Williams. 

Chicago Bulls

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    There's one thing that Chicago won't look past or ignore, and that's a lack of effort. If you try, they'll forgive a lot of mistakes, but if you don't bring effort, you're in trouble. 

    Kyle Korver is not a talented defensive player. Few would argue that. If you watch him play, though, he brings huge effort on the defensive end, so fans are ready to forgive his shortcomings. 

    Last year, Carlos Boozer showed up out of shape, and the fans were unhappy. This year, he showed up in shape, and the fans have come to appreciate that more and more lately. 

    You could go through player after player, team after team, league after league. The No. 1 way to get fans in Chicago riled up is to give up.

    Odom is perceived as having done that this year, and Chicago fans would want no part of that. 

Miami Heat

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    Odom seems to have an overly developed sensitive side. Think of the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and the excessive criticism they've taken over the last couple of years. 

    I've often said that James has become such a target of criticism that people would attack him if he had a charity event that raised millions of dollars for disadvantaged children. 

    Imagine Odom taking even a sliver of the criticism that the Heat have had to take. The Heat would have to add another staff member to the "towel boy" department; they'd have to hire a "Kleenex boy" to follow Odom and give him a tissue whenever he started to cry. 

    No, Lamar—if you can't stand the heat, stay out of Miami. 

Boston Celtics

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    The Lakers and the Celtics go together like oil and water. Odom would be about as welcome in Beantown as Barack Obama at the Republican convention. Not only do those players have history, they have NBA Finals history. 

    Instances such as this are the type of warm and fond memories that Odom and the Boston Three Party share. 

    It's hard to imagine Kevin Garnett welcoming Odom with a warm, ingratiating hug. Any contact between the two would be more of the WWE variety. 

    Unless you're willing to take "fighting" for playing time to a new level Mr. Odom, don't go to Boston. 

New York Knicks

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    "New York, New York, what a lovely, lovely place. No where else I'd rather be..."

    How about anywhere Mr. Odom?

    Yes, there's the whole Kardashian thing again, but that's about it. 

    Think the lights in Brooklyn would be bright? The Nets are still the little brother team in New York; no lights are brighter than the ones at Madison Square Garden. 

    Want to see fans who'll turn on you in a heartbeat? These guys were ready to run Carmelo Anthony out of town a month ago—and Odom, you're no Carmelo Anthony. 

    Can't handle criticism from the media? Ahem! Blowing your nose wrong will get you scathing media reports in New York. 

    No. Don't even think about it. You've got no business going to the New York Knicks, where they've been starving for a championship team for 40 years now, and are finally beginning to feel one coming.

    Odom wouldn't make it out of training camp with the Knicks.