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Portland, Chicago and Dallas May Try Their Luck in the Lamar Odom Sweepstakes

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  (L-R) Shannon Brown, Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate on stage during the 2009 NBA Championship Victory Parade at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IJuly 15, 2009

On one of the slowest sports days of the year, the Los Angeles Lakers and Lamar Odom seem to be farther apart than ever before. The Los Angeles Times reports that earlier today, the Lakers withdrew the offer that was on the table for a week, which would have paid Odom $9 million a year for four years.

Now with no deal on the table, it is very possible Odom could go the route of Trevor Ariza and head elsewhere for the mere principle.

The Dallas Mavericks are thought to be the favorites to potentially land Odom, should he start looking beyond L.A, however there is thought to be interest from Portland and possibly other teams via a sign-and-trade with Los Angeles.

One team that may make a run at Odom is the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls would have to package a few players in a sign-and-trade to make the numbers work with L.A, but the same package of Kirk Hinrich and Tyrus Thomas that was dangled in front of the Jazz for Carlos Boozer may be bait for the Lakers.

Whether that would be enough remains to be seen.

Another player that seems to be far apart in contract talks is Charlotte Bobcats guard Raymond Felton.

Felton has been looking for a multi-year deal, yet the dollar figures the Bobcats are presenting do not align with what his agent believes is fair market value.

Should Charlotte break off talks, two former Larry Brown guards—Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson—may start to get some consideration from the Bobcats.

With Paul Millsap likely headed to Portland, the most coveted free agent big man will not be David Lee, but instead Glen Davis.

Big Baby is drawing serious interest from the Celtics, Jazz, and Pistons. Davis has indicated he wants to return to Boston, however potential starting roles in other cities could swing his vote.


Originally posted on LayupDrill.com

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