Lamar Odom calls Jerry Buss
So sayeth our man Jim Hill, a cool cat with the best hair in the biz.
The purpose of said phone call? Repairing any bridges in need of fixing after Doc B. didn't take kindly to un-returned calls from LO's agent Jeff Schwartz. Does that mean LO is definitely favoring the Lakers over, say, the Miami Heat, who have reportedly offered him five years/35 mil (or haven't, according to the Tweets of Ric Bucher)? No, but it does stand to reason that Lamar hasn't decided to close his purple and gold chapter. Otherwise, unless Odom wants an invite to Jerry Buss' poker game whenever he's in L.A., I don't know why he'd bother placing the call.
A promising development for those hoping LO will stick around. We'll have more details as they emerge.
NOTE: Click below the jump for LO related comments from Portland GM Kevin Pritchard...
With my weekend having opened up unexpectedly, I decided to make the drive to Vegas for the last few days of summer league action. Friday night I spoke briefly with Portland GM Kevin Pritchard. With Utah having officially matched the Blazers' offer sheet to Paul Millsap earlier in the day, Portland is back to having money to burn. One theoretical target: Lamar Odom.
Q: With the news on Millsap, does that change the way you look at Odom?
A: Right now, we're going to regroup, we're going to look at the landscape. We're still going to be aggressive in the marketplace, but we don't know who that is yet. We want to, I guess, reassess the landscape. That would be the best way to put it.
Q: Is Odom on it?
A: Yeah, but I want to sit down with (coach) Nate (McMillan). We haven't really gone through our process again, and we'll have to do that.
Q: With the economics of the game changing, the cap going down, and so on, has that changed how you feel like you have to use the space you have? Does it put more pressure on you to spend this summer, or risk your cap room disappearing? (Note- the Blazers also have to factor in extensions on guys like Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge.)
A: Not so much. We'll look at using the space with the right free agents, but it's important for us that we look at all the options. You've got trades, we can do uneven trades in terms of salaries (because the Blazers are below the salary cap, rules allow them to make trades in which the salaries don't match), straight signings as free agents. We're going to look at the landscape and see what's out there now.
Pritchard certainly didn't take the opportunity to send signals that Odom was a target. As I mentioned earlier in the day, just because something isn't said publicly doesn't mean there isn't a plan behind the scenes, but if there is serious interest up north Pritchard didn't drop any hints. Hopefully the news AK mentioned above is a step to making all of this moot, anyway.