Lamar Odom is officially a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, but the questions about his career really have yet to be answered.
Odom was traded by the Dallas Mavericks after an absolutely disastrous 2012 season where he only appeared in 50 games while averaging 20 minutes and 6.6 points per game. Injuries were not the issue, but Odom’s heart was.
He was disinterested, despondent and demoted to the NBA D-League during the year. Things even got so bad that Odom was de-activated after run-ins with the coaching staff and Mavs owner, Mark Cuban.
So, what does he have left? Is this a ticking time bomb for a Clippers team that doesn’t yet have strong infrastructure around coach Vinny Del Negro?
Or, is Odom’s versatility a godsend for a team that was desperately shallow behind Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Caron Butler? Odom’s multiple skill sets and combination of size and speed could be perfect for spelling all three of those returning starters.
NBA Featured Columnist Joel C. Cordes and NBA Assistant Editor Ethan Norof debate whether Odom’s return to L.A. is the next step for the Clippers or just a giant stumbling block.
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