Could Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant be playing against each other on opening night?
In case you haven’t heard, we are officially in the dog days of the NBA offseason.
So far, we’ve encountered an unpredictable draft, big-time free-agent moves and a summer league that saw impressive performances across the board. The summer has been far from boring, but we’re now faced with the calm before the regular season tips off.
The most exciting parts of the offseason are well behind us, but that doesn’t mean the summer is over. The NBA is never short of storylines, and the final stretch is bound to produce a few more along the way.
Don’t give up on summer just yet, as you never know what will happen next.
Let’s be honest here. Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings have hardly been a match made in basketball heaven. Up to this point, the 6’2” guard has averaged 7.4 points per game, and he’s shot 38.4 percent from long range. His performance has been decent in strokes, but shaky most of the time.
But while his play has yet to live up to his hype, the bigger issue may be that he simply doesn’t fit the organization that drafted him.
Fredette is entering 2013-14 as the No. 3 point guard on the Kings’ roster. His trade value is relatively low, but he still has the potential to find his role in the right situation.
Sacramento would be smart to find a replacement for the guard rather than finding a spot in the lineup. According to Tom Kirkland of KSL.com, the team is not actively pursuing trades but would consider the right deal if it came along.
The Kings should do what’s best for both parties and simply move on. This situation isn’t getting any better, so ripping the band-aid just might be the best option.
Lamar Odom re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers is hardly a long shot. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times has reported that the Clips are interested in the forward, and that they prefer him to an alternative pickup: Antawn Jamison.
All that said, there’s a certain cross-town rival that would love to snatch up the 33-year-old.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a few steps away from filling their roster, and bringing back a familiar face would help when it comes to continuity. Odom hasn’t been the same since leaving the Lakers, but he’s a do-it-all forward who is still talented, and the team could use him late in the season.
But while the Lakers would be smart to enter themselves into the Odom sweepstakes, the Clippers have to be considered the favorites at this point. They’re healthy, they’re contenders, and they have a head coach with championship experience.
The Clippers were Odom's last team—and chances are he’ll be back for the 2013-14 season.
The Los Angeles Lakers may miss out on Lamar Odom, which means Lou Amundson could be the one to provide depth at power forward.
Shams Charania of RealGM reported recently that Amundson has already met with both the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. If the Clips win the Odom sweepstakes, that gives the Lakers the edge in acquiring Amundson.
For the same reason Odom is likely to choose the Clippers, Amundson may lean that way as well. However, once the Clips sign Odom, that should force Amundson to move on to plan B.
The Lakers are no longer considered a contender, but they still have a lot to offer. For better or worse, the limelight will always be around, and that’s something that draws players every single summer.
The Orlando Magic are in the midst of a full-blown rebuild. They’ve begun to reshape their identity with a youth movement, and Glen Davis might be the next on the roster to exit stage left.
According to Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD, “there is little doubt” that the team wants to move the big man. The bad news is that Davis is injured, making his trade appeal relatively unknown. Despite his current status, Orlando likely don’t care how much it gets in return. This is a team aiming for a spot in the lottery—not a spot in the postseason.
Davis, as well as he’s played during spurts with Orlando, is not a part of the future. Getting rid of him sooner rather than later will help build long-term chemistry, and there’s bound to be a taker when it comes to the veteran.
The 35-year-old recently told Jimmy Kimmel (via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD) that there’s a chance he won’t play in the opener, but that he is “really, really ahead of schedule” when it comes to his rehab. We’ve seen him run on an anti-gravity treadmill thanks to the wonders of Instagram, and the truth is that few players in the league are as driven as he is.
In all honesty, the Los Angeles Lakers would be wise to proceed with caution. The last thing they want is for Bryant to come back too soon, ending any hope they have of making the playoffs.
But while the team will surely do what’s best for the star, the man himself is as determined as it gets to return. Opening night is his target—and if he’s ready to suit up, no one will keep him from hitting the hardwood.