Lamar Odom: Sign with the Champs...or Don't

Boyan GagovContributor IJuly 16, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Marcin Gortat #13 of the Orlando Magic fall to the floor during Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lamar Odom is one of the players with the most unique skill set in the NBA, and has brought plenty to Phil Jackson's LA Lakers. He can score, pass, rebound, defend, and he creates mammoth mismatches.

He is on a team that fits his skill set.

The Lakers just got Ron-Ron, which actually made them better, regardless of what some people may say. They are a team capable of winning the championship for the next couple of seasons while they still have some great potential in Andrew Bynum, who may become the new Superman.

But Lamar is unique and he definitely deserves some credit.

And that is exactly what he got from the Lakers. Lamar asked for $10 million over four years and he got almost what he wanted. The Lakers offered him two contracts to choose from: three years and $30 million or four years and $36 million.

He would also get another chance at repeating as NBA Champions. Plus, he would be playing with Kobe Bryant again, the best player in the league.

So where is the problem then?

I would say Lamar's agent.

He did not call the Lakers at all. I am not sure that it is what we call "Odom's best interest." Now he is searching for "far better" opportunities for his client.

Odom recently received a five-year, $34 million deal offered by Miami—a team with no current vision and one that could easily fall apart should Dwayne Wade decide to sign somewhere else in the offseason.

It's strange, what arguments Lamar's agent may have.

Playing with Kobe, Pau, Ron-Ron, Bynum, and Fisher and under Phil Jackson for $9 million a year...or fighting with Atlanta for a place in the second round of the playoffs for the mid-level exception. 

I know this is not final, but still. Odom could very well be playing on one of top teams again next year or could very well find himself sitting at home.

Your call, Lamar.


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