The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed Jordan Farmar earlier this month and were said to have interest in Lamar Odom, too. However, it’s all gone pretty quiet on the LO front recently.
So, what’s the update? According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the update is that there isn’t any update.
The Lakers “remain interested” in bringing back Lamar, per Shelburne, who also says that general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Odom “a while ago”:
Odom was obviously traded by the Lakers in 2011. It was a move that deeply hurt him, especially as the initial trade (involving Chris Paul) was vetoed by David Stern. Lamar ended up demanding a trade to the Dallas Mavericks, a move the Lakers facilitated, yet LO was never the same on the court after the trade.
It’s good to hear that the meeting between Mitch and Lamar went well, yet the “other factors” that Shelburne references are likely regarding LO’s current off-court problems. (Odom was recently involved in an altercation with a paparazzi photographer, though Lamar’s actions are justified when you listen to what the photographer was saying to him.)
The Lakers are pretty much set right now. With the signings of Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson, the purple and gold can take their time on making another move. They may sign a veteran power forward like Odom, or they may just decide to go into camp with extra roster spots and sign any camp invite standouts.