Lamar Odom Talks: Is He Going To Stay with the Lakers?

John 'Fatty'-FatlandCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks at the Wheaties box during the post game news conference after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 99-86 to win the NBA Championship 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

At the Lakers' championship DVD release and player signing today, Lamar Odom was interviewed by the Orange County Register. This video was posted by Janis Carr.

Watch the video, and decide for yourself. Does it sound like Odom is leaving the championship Lakers for another team?

True, Mitch Kupchak said just yesterday that a Odom signing was becoming unlikely, as posted by Carr.

But you have to wonder, who else can entice Odom to leave the Lakers as they contend for another championship?

Which team can offer more money than the Lakers?

It was reported today that the Mavericks are interested, and it was even confirmed by Mark Cuban. But Dallas can only offer the mid-level exception, which is less than the $8 million/yr. the Lakers are reported to have offered.

Would Odom leave the Lakers for a relatively low offer like Trevor Ariza did? It would seem very unlikely.

And how about Portland? True, if Millsap is not signed, they could offer Odom more money than the Lakers, but not much more.

After looking at the video, do you really think, Odom, a "Big City" guy, would leave L.A., the city he loves, for a small, Hooterville, rural place like Portland?

I don't think so. I think he stays and signs this week, which will make many Lakers fans happy.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Lakers pull offer to Lamar. Dr. Buss upset his agent is not returning calls, but can talk to Cuban.



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