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Rumors: Lakers still have interest in Lamar Odom

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It appears that the Los Angeles Lakers still have interest in Lamar Odom.

According to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN, the Lakers remain open to the idea of bringing back the former Sixth Man of the Year:

[pullquote]The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to monitor Lamar Odom’s progress as closely as they can, and would consider signing the enigmatic free-agent forward should Odom prove that his personal and legal issues are behind him, according to sources with knowledge of both teams’ thinking.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers and Lakers — who both registered interest in signing Odom this past summer until his private life became a near-daily subject for the tabloid media — will have renewed interest in the 33-year-old if he indeed makes a comeback this season.

Odom recently began training again with an eye toward making a return to the floor during the second half of the season, sources have said.[/pullquote]

Odom and the Lakers were connected by rumors over the summer, with Mitch Kupchak even meeting with the two-time NBA champion at one point. However, Odom’s personal problems appeared to engulf his life which seemingly lead to the purple and gold backing away from the idea.

While the report states that the Lakers’ recent calls to LO have only been for personal matters, it would make some sense for Odom to return to the Lake Show.

There’s a possibility that the Lakers could give Lamar a platform to resurrect his career as he’d likely get more minutes playing for the purple and gold than he would for the Clippers. That’s assuming that he gets his personal and basketball life in order first, though.

Seeing as the Lakers’ roster is currently at 15 players, the team would have to waive somebody in order to sign LO. Shawne Williams would seem like an obvious candidate seeing as his play has been subpar so far and his deal is still fully unguaranteed until January.

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