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Could free agent Lamar Odom help the Thunder?

by Erik Horne Published: November 5, 2013
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom takes questions from the media at the Los Angeles Clippers training center in Los Angeles Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom takes questions from the media at the Los Angeles Clippers training center in Los Angeles Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein fires off some bold NBA predictions here, with No. 3 likely to raise some Oklahoma eyebrows.

Would Lamar Odom be a good fit for the Oklahoma City Thunder? The last time we saw Odom, he was playing spot minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers. In the offseason, however, Odom reportedly has battled personal issues, ranging from alleged drug use to going missing for a few days.

In the event that Odom does get it together and makes a comeback, Stein mentioned OKC as a hypothetical landing spot for the veteran forward:

… he’s still too seasoned and skilled at 34, no matter what potential concerns you want to raise, for teams not to give him a look. (Just to throw out one example: You’re telling me Oklahoma City, as thin as the Thunder look, wouldn’t have interest in a gamble on a minimum-salaried Odom with his close friend Derek Fisher in place as a welcoming committee?)

As thin as the Thunder look.

Call that an indictment of the Thunder’s front-line depth that Stein would suggest they take a chance on Odom. But the highly-skilled veteran is a two-time NBA champion, a former Olympian and only turns 34 on Wednesday. Odom is just a few months removed from helping the Clippers to a 56-26 record and a Pacific Division title.

The question with Odom has often been about his motivation. He’s played well for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Miami Heat in his career, but lasted less than a year in Dallas in an unmotivated stint with the Mavericks.

Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he’s concerned about Odom.

“Everybody that’s been close to him in my group … cannot get through to him,” Jackson said.  “No one can get through to Lamar, basically I think he’s thrown his cellphone away.”

Despite being a free agent and the clear talent he possesses, Odom might be too much of a gamble for the Thunder.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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