Lamar Odom’s personal life was one of the biggest stories of the off-season, and it appears to be far from over. Odom has reportedly left all those troubles behind, and he met with the Clippers back on November 15th in regards to his return to the NBA.
Nothing came out of that meeting, but Doc Rivers says that he hopes they can work something out, according to NBA.com:
“I’m hoping if things work out, yeah,” Rivers said Friday at Sleep Train Arena, where the Clippers beat the Kings 104-98. “But I just don’t know. I know there’s other teams involved, I think. I honestly haven’t focused on it a lot. But he’s somebody that I’ve always liked, and I like him more now after hearing from Phil Jackson to Vinny to all the players the type of guy he is in the locker room. When I hear that stuff, without saying exactly what I heard, you want him in your locker room.”
“There is not one bit of talk about time frame or anything like that,” Rivers said. “I’m just going to play it by ear and see how he’s doing and go from there.”
Clearly, the interest is there, so you can expect something to come out of this soon. Rivers seems to think that there are other teams involved, which could be why this is taking so long. If Odom can return to the NBA, then I think that would help all parties invovled. First and foremost, his well-being and health should be on track though.
As for the Clippers adding somebody, Rivers says they are looking into it:
“We’re looking, but it’s not a desperate look right now,” Rivers told NBA.com. “I do think we need one more player. It could be a big. It could be another point guard, just to have a third backup for the season. But I don’t tend to make moves that’ll make you stronger during the regular season, because then in the playoffs you shorten your rotation and that was a wasted move most of the time.”
We will continue to monitor this situation, and update you accordingly. The Clippers are 12-5 on the season thus far.