What if the Los Angeles Lakers Do Not Re-Sign Lamar Odom?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 26, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after defeating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)

A question that must be circulating in every Lakers fans head around the world... "What if Lamar Odom decides to sign with the Miami Heat over our beloved Los Angeles Lakers?"

For one thing, the Heat obviously upgrade, somewhat.

But this article is not hinted towards Miami, it is all about LA, so let's get to the point.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports, Odom is leaning strongly toward accepting Miami Heat's contract offer.

The Heat are offering LO two different options, one being a five-year, $34 million offer. The other is a four-year deal that gives Odom the ability to opt out after the third season, enabling him to test the free agent waters.

Initially, Odom was offered a four-year $36 million offer from Los Angeles, in which owner Jerry Buss withdrew once LO never personally responded back to the proposal.

With news that LA and LO are now back in trade talks, it has been reported that Buss is now presenting Odom with a smaller contract than his first offer.

If your Odom right now, what do you do?

Do you re-sign with the defending champions and take a cut in your pay, or do you sign with the Miami Heat, and choose the player option after the third season?

Personally, I believe Odom should have accepted the Lakers original offer (he demanded $10 million per season, but nobody is going to get that during this offseason), remaining as the best sixth man in the league, and playing for arguably the strongest team in the NBA.

Since I am obviously not Odom and his thoughts are clearly different from mine, IF Lamar Odom does indeed sign with the Heat, do the Los Angeles Lakers remain as the top team in the NBA?

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