We were skeptical when we first heard about Lamar’s plans to overcome his alleged drug addiction and revive his NBA career before the upcoming season, but now it looks like he might get another shot at playing ball — for his former team the Lakers!
Once an asset to the NBA, Lamar Odom is now considered a liability and many teams have been reluctant to offer him a contract — until now. The Lakers just might be willing to take a chance on Lamar — but on a few conditions, a source tells HollywoodLife.com. Read on for all the EXCLUSIVE details!
Lamar Odom Going Back To Lakers? — Why He Hopes The NBA Team Might Re-Hire Him
Jim Buss, the executive vice president of player personnel for the Lakers, is considering “offering Lamar a chance to play,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“There will be many meetings left but what was once a no-chance situation now has a pulse,” the source reveals.
But in order to rejoin the team, Lamar, 33, would have to agree to a few things first.
“He would at most get the 10-day contract option to be a test. Plus, he would have to accept random drug testing and probably a stint in the NBA D-League,” the source says, referring to the NBA’s official minor league organization. “The Lakers would be taking a huge risk but they would want it on their terms. If a chance was given, it would be early next year.”
It sounds like Lamar could be watching from the sidelines for a while, but at least there’s still hope for him to get back in the game!
Lamar Odom’s Basketball Career — Why His Trip To NYC Was Canceled
Hopefully Lamar will be able to hammer out a deal with the Lakers, because his other options are dwindling. He had to cancel an Oct. 9 trip to meet and potentially make a deal with basketball executives in New York, reportedly because of his alleged drug addiction.
Lamar had high hopes for the trip, but a source tells us it was planned as a favor to him.
“The entire visit to NYC and his chances of actually getting a job with the NBA is more for show than anything. His agent is trying to get him conversations with teams to make it look like he is sought-after, to make him feel good. His agent has players that teams actually want and they are speaking with Lamar as a favor,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the Lakers take a chance on Lamar? Sound off below!
— Tierney McAfee