Lamar Odom Trade Rumors: Troubled Forward Would Thrive Back in LA with Clippers

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Lamar Odom #7 of the Dallas Mavericks drives down the court against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 73-70.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Lamar Odom needs two things to be effective: veteran teammates and Los Angeles. Landing with the Clippers would put Odom in position to get back to the form that made him a valuable player with the LA Lakers.

Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting: 

The Los Angeles Clippers have engaged in trade discussions to bring Lamar Odom back to the L.A. team that drafted him, according to sources close to the situation.

Yet the deal, sources said, could hinge on the willingness of a third team to take on the contract of Clippers veteran guard Mo Williams, which would allow the Dallas Mavericks to send Odom to the Clippers with no significant money coming back to the Mavericks.

Last season was a disaster for Odom in Dallas after being traded there from the Lakers, and it makes sense for both parties to part ways. Odom averaged career-lows in every category, and he carried a distracted and disinterested demeanor for most of the season.

Though it isn't fair to place all the blame for the Mavericks' fall on Odom, his saga certainly seemed to be a distraction.

The Mavericks deactivated Odom in April, just to remove the negative presence.

Odom had become quite comfortable playing in LA. He's married to Khloe Kardashian, he had a reality show that was filmed there and now, Jon Heger of Radar Online is reporting that Kardashian doesn't believe their marriage will survive if Odom plays anywhere but LA.

Now who was Joakim Noah talking about when he said somebody was "hollywood as hell?"

As weird and drama-filled as it may be, it makes sense from a basketball standpoint. Odom plays better in a supportive role and with established veterans.

He'd have that with Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups, whom the Clippers apparently want to bring back next season. A move would also bring Odom back full circle. This is where Odom's career began, as the Clippers took him with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 draft.

Odom is only 32-years old, he should have at least another two years left in him, if he's plugged in.

If he's moved to LA, he will be plugged in and the Clippers will get the best of what he has left.

 

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