Monday 24th July 2017,
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Lakers should sign Odom on his terms..

Teams are busy trying to sign the perfect player to boost their team’s performance in the upcoming NBA season. Their were Jason Kidd’s, Rasheed Wallace’s, Shaquille Oneal’s and Hedo Turkoglo’s but every team failed to notice one notable and most promising name among the sea of free agency, it’s Lamar Odom who is still negotiating his own future with the Lakers. The Lakers are bent in signing Odom after losing Trevor Ariza to the Rockets. He was vocal that he would accept a lesser amount just to stay in the Lakers less than the 7 or 8 million he is getting per year. Consistency maybe the biggest question Lamar has to face career long but when the Lakers needed him he delivers. Sacrificing his minutes in favor of Andrew Bynum, sacrificing his stats for the team’s victory and sacrificing a million or two dollars for the Lakers stability he knows what it is to win and he knows how much the Lakers needed him. Signing Ron Artest builds the then weakling and soft team to a no holds barred defensive team but Artest and Walton are no Odom. He personifies the word “mismatch” with his speed and basketball intelligence. The 6-foot-10 Odom is a walking triple-double in the making with his three-point shooting and athleticism any team would want him on their roster. The concluded NBA finals showcase how good Odom is. When he pick his spots, giving screens and moving without the ball grabbing the rebounds or scoring around the basket it wasn’t a noticeable and dominating performance like a Kobe Bryant or a Dwight Howard but it was his team mentality that made the big difference all series long.
He was a go to guy when he played with the Clippers and the Heat but accepted his role as the third swinger in the Lakers. Mitch Kupchak will now used his bargaining talent in letting ends meet between Odom but after the sacrifice and after what Odom did to these franchise they should also consider his tremendous effort. He deserves the full mid level extension for his valiant effort. They need him and Dr. Buss should take full consideration. He can spend the extra luxury tax and not worry about the income with a full stadium in almost every game. If Lamar wants higher than expected it means he worked hard for it and he clearly deserves it.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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hingedman says:

Very well said but David Lee and Nate Robinson are two great players and are in no used for the Lakers. I mean Lee is an underrated big man who has the heart but lacks the size for his position he will have to battle his way against Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Josh Powell which in return would be detrimental for his tremendous talent if not given enough playing time in return as of Nate Robinson here is a player who can create his shots and has the speed to compete with other elite guards the only problem would be that Nate doesn’t work in a system such as the triangle offense his tendency to hold on to the ball is not a good sign for the Lakers that’s why Ariza and other role players exceed expectations because they strive in a system which doesn’t need them to create shots and let the offense flow. Anyways you have a very good insight keep it up! thanks!

mort says:

hello
about signing odom no matter the level of his financial demands, is a decision for Mr. Buss… he knows the bottom line, where he is comfortable in this economy. Mr. Buss is hesitating and Mr. Odom appears to be comfortable allowing time to pass… and cannot feel slighted in the lakers inquire about other options. About a sign and trade with new york for nate robinson and david lee… for odom and second round choices could be traded… also portland could be brought into the mix for new york wants their guy named sergio… odom to portland landing in a beautiful city with exciting players and sergio to new york, we get three year deals with David Lee and Nate Robinson. New york does not want contracts beyond 2010… wanting free funds for top players besides Lebron and ‘wade. We might be able to get another chip from portland to come to us in the deal. Portland is reporting 7 mill under the cap. giving up sergio’s contract allows them to pay 10 to odom, and stay within the cap. New york ends up with a guy they want and expiring contracts, such as farmar etc… if the deal expands to include other chips. David is a powerful ball hawk under the basket… always positioning himself in the play for the ball… a white guy’s rodman. Robinson is a quick gude to stay in front of these little guys and he’s legit… as a scoring threat.