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Lamar Odom to remain a Laker

Well, that wasn't such a chore now, was it?

The details are limited for now, but early word is Lamar Odom and the Lakers have come to terms.  ESPN's J.A. Adande and Marc Stein are reporting that it's a four year deal, the final season coming at the team's option.  If played out in full, $33 mil will enter LO's bank account.

BK and I will work to get more confirmation, but assuming everything's on the up and up, terrific news all around.  It was pretty apparent Lamar didn't want to bail (otherwise, he'd have just signed with Miami's best offer a while ago) and, in my opinion, it would have been silly to leave a better, winning situation over relatively little money in the grand scheme of NBA standards, especially given what he's already earned. Meanwhile, the Lakers would have badly noticed his absence had he returned to South Beach.  The second unit turns considerably worse (remember the struggles with LO filling in for Andrew Bynum) and, should Josh Powell or Luke Walton end up the starting power forward due to injury, ditto the starting five.  Considering Drew has yet to get through a season of big minutes without getting hurt, ain't like that scenario feels unrealistic.

All along, I've felt Odom would end up sticking around, but I'd be lying if I claimed the dragged out nature of these negotiations didn't have me concerned excess pride from either side could prove fatal.  Thankfully, it appears a mutually beneficial decision has been made, the best resolution for both parties. 

(UPDATE: Broderick Turner from the Times is reporting similar figures, along with CBS Sports' Ken Berger.)

AK

 
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YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

YES. LOVE L.O.!!!! Lakers repeat next year!

FIRST btw!

nice.

CHAMPIONS AGAIN IN 2010!

FIRST! and YES! There is a GOD!!! hahaha... Terrific news today in LA LA Land... haha

Finally, Lakers are the NBA 2010 Champions!

It's a great day in Laker Nation! Welcome back Lamar!

Go Lakers 2010!

Finally!

About time! Go Lake Show!

It shows again you don't mess with the Dr. Buss. Lamar taking less money than initially offered and 4th year is still Lakers' option. I love it!! Lesson for our kids...Don't eat too much candy it kills your brain cells...by the way welcome back Lamar...let's go for repeat!!

Here is David Aldridge's info on Lamar: http://tinyurl.com/lvfwc6

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And there was much rejoicing.......

And there was much rejoicing.......

Shouldn't the headline be

"Lamar Odom to remain a Laker . . . We Think, Awaiting Confirmation"

OK well if Kamenetzky says it, it has to be true, I'm just going to assume Lamar will be hear next year now.

Pheww, dynasty inact.

BACK TO BACK TO BACK TO BACK

is now the mission.

Adande on the radio just confirmed it too!

YESSSS!

Best news I've had all week. No, all month!

Wow, my life is sad...

GO LAKERS!

So can we resume celebrating the championship now?

Good news for Laker fans. Let's hope LO isn't too humiliated over having held out for approximately $5 million less guaranteed money over the next 3 years than if he'd have just said "yes" to the original offer.

LO gambled with a poker player and lost $5 million. As a Laker fan, I'm glad (more flexibility for the team), but that's gotta hurt....

Woohoo! Welcome back, Lamar!
Now let's get back to the business of winning another ring.

Go Lakers!!!

Grat News...Lamar is a man of his word..CONGRATS!!!

I honestly thought L.O. was gone. I exchanged a couple of tweets with him recently, and couldn't be more happy that he decided to stay. He's one of the league's true good guys, and a heck of a player.

Stay healthy Bynum. Know your roll Artest. Lakers looking at 70+.

With the signing of LO the rest of the league can only pray for a miracle in order to dethrone the champs. Although this whole Odom situation was frustrating as a big time Laker fan, I feel euphoria now that they got the deal done. It's back to having all the pressure on our rivals' side. Good luck to every team in the NBA not named the Lakers. I love this day it feels like we just won another title!

Now its time to really enjoy the championship!! I'm ready to drink a cold one again and watch the championship clincher on tape again. Glad everyone came to their senses and reached a resolution. Now, its time to still tweak the bench a little more. Need someone who can take someone off the dribble with some range to go with their game. LOS ANGELES LAKERS ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sleep well fellow Laker lovers!

Thank God.

Man, that was awful.

I can finally exhale.

Lamar Odom = Laker for Life.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm Backkkkk


Gotta give it up. Now lets get heatlhyfor next year season

What are all the idiots going to say now that said "don't let the door hit you"? This is huge, if Artest plays in check to abilities, and Bynum finally shows up! WOW we have one of the all time great teams!!!!!!!!!

big news. We need Lamar

What time is the parade?

Now can we trade Sasha for Trevor? Just kidding. Officially now on vacation.

Lamar Odom,您是很聪明和很好。 我爱Candyman。 谢谢停留在洛杉矶和使用在您属于的道场

BEST news of the summer so far BY FAR!!! Welcome back Lamar!

LG

Don't care

I, I, I think Patches O'Houlihan is confirming on twitter as well!!!

Still awaiting final confirmation from Tyler Durden...

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our front 6 players are Kobe, Pau, Artest, Odom, Fisher, and Bynum. Wow. Odom coming back also means there is much less pressure now on guys like Sasha and Walton on the 2nd unit. Imagine if Sasha can actually resemble some semblance of the player he was in 2008. This is a great day in Laker land!

(Dodgers traded for Sherrill. Lakers get Lamar. Dodgers just need to pull off a Halladay trade now for the LA triple play!)

LONG LIVE THE EQUATION!!!

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

WE ARE BACK AT FULL STRENGTH!!! OMG what a season it will be!!!!

Geez, took long enough. I agree with #4. Let's resume celebrating our championship, w00t!

Finally Lamar Odom managed to put his head together and did the right thing that is best for him, his family and the Lakers. Jerry Buss made a good offer, and Lamar Odom finally took it this time. Now everyone is happy and life goes on. Go Lakers!

The final five minutes of the game I can envision a starting lineup of Kobe (the playmaker) and Artest in the backcourt, with Odom, Gasol and Bynum in the frontcourt. Unstoppable.

Okay.

I can breathe now.

Can't wait for preseason.

Whoo!

Hoo!

I agree with Andrew Bernard. That's gotta hurt losing money haha Lamar Should have known not to play with a gambler.

Lakers Back 2 Back in 2010

Thank you Lamar!! Now I can enjoy my B-day this Saturday. DRINK! BE MERRY!

THANK GOD!!!!!!

Now,....can we all take a big deep breath and go back to basking in championship glory????


WHEWWWWW!!!!

2009/10 LAKERS ROSTER…

THE BEST ROSTER IN THE NBA! Welcome back, Lamar.

If the Lakers re-sign Lamar, here would be our current roster:

PG – DEREK FISHER, Jordan Farmar, Sun Yue
SG – KOBE BRYANT, Sasha Vujacic, Shannon Brown
SF – RON ARTEST, Luke Walton, Adam Morrison
PF – PAU GASOL, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell
CE – ANDREW BYNUM, DJ Mbenga

We should know by tomorrow night whether or not the Lakers are giving up on Sun Yue. Chances are they will not exercise their option on Yue’s second year but may sign Sheldon Williams as a backup center/power forward project.

Great job by Jerry and Mitch getting Lamar without committing to 4th year.
WE’RE TALKING DYNASTY FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS…

Tom

It wouldnt be LaLa land without the drama.............

Now we can work on boosting our bench scoring...If its possible to snatch Marquis Daniels or somebody like him, I will consider the offseason extremely awesome...There def has to be some tinkling done to that bench..I dont see SASHA becomiing any better - he hasnt added any newness to his game, he is basically what he is..We need someone off the bench who can get his own shot...

ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE!!!!!

I guess Wade is crying that they didn't get LO ... tough luck! ... atleast you tried though ... sucks to be you!!!!


Lakers Forever!!!

Good Job Lamar ... You won't regret this!!!!

We're going to hang up your jersey @ staples in the future!!!!!

Hallelujah,

Dynasty here we come. Thank god I won't have to check the news 10 times a day. A great day for Lakers fans. The rest of the league I'm sure is disapopinted. I can't wait for next season but now on to football and can fianlly put basketball behind me for now and relax. .

"back to back! yeahhhhh!"
- earvin "magic" johnson

phred,

WE WON! WE WON! WE WON! WE WON! WE WON! WE WON!

AND WE’RE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN! OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

Tom

HELL YEAH BABY !!!!!!

This made my week !!!

ITS GO TIME! LAKERS WILL SHOW NO MERCY.

LAKERS FOREVER

It was a fair deal all along. Thank you Jerry Buss. Thank you Lamar.

Now, I cannot wait for the season to start. We're going to have an epic battle with the Celtics.

Go Lakers!

Thank God!!!!!!!!!!!
Here comes the Lakers and I can feel the fear from the rest of the league.

Thanks Lamar for being a true Laker, and thank you Jerry for being the best owner in all of sports.

This is a good day!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUMMER IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!


LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!


CAN"T WAIT TILL OCTOBER!!!!

that ladie's scream you just heard was bill simmons crying at the top of his lungs, "whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?"

get used to it sports guy. lake show with another 3peat...

Welcome back Lamar, now I can finally sleep no more 4:00am checking for any updates. Wake me when the season starts,

I guess all of those fair-weather fans can now continue to watch the Lakers next season. Unless of course their too upset that Buss didn't give LO what he's really "worth".

And I guess now we're "guaranteed" to win the championship next season. Wow, isn't that a relief.

I'm glad we got Odom to come back at an appropriate price. Now how do convince him to improve his FT shooting and limit his turnovers and bonehead plays? Too bad the Lakers couldn't put incentives in his contract for maintaining proper dietary habits with penalties for taking mental vacations during games.

Congratulations to Lamar and Mitch for getting it done! Onwards and upwards, to infinity and beyond...

D-Wade is a Pilgrim

easy as pie

welcome back lamar.

I think Lamar considered playing 40+ minutes for 80+ games for 5 years in Miami. He just extended his career another five years by signing with the Lakers. I think Miami was just trying to keep Wade by signing Lamar. Now what is Wade going to do when he becomes a free agent ?

see.... 3/25......buss ain't no punk..... but i'm glad he finally saw the light.... whew.... now i can enjoy the rest of my summer.....GEEEEZZZZ........time to get ONE MO COOKIE!!!!!

finally! that knot is my stomach just untied itself...

glad you're staying lamar...

The Lakers needed this. Despite the championship last postseason, thier bench hardly was used at all with the main exception of L.O. and Walton. Kobe, Paul, and Fish cant do it the whole 48 minutes and be forced to start the 4th because of the bench mob's pattern of meltdown. By next postseason they'll be burnt out. They need to gain homecourt advantage to prevent a similar scenario of the Boston finals Without L.O. it would be scary to have to wholly rely on Sasha or Powell to give the starters some rest.

Taliq,

>>> 24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Shouldn’t the new formula include #37?

24 + 16 + 7 + 17 + 37 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Tom

Hell yes!!!! This is phenomenal news!!! I have been waiting for this for 3 INSANE WEEKS!!! Looking up on the updates 10 to 15 times a day!!! Hoping Lamar signs and now it's happening!!! YES!!!

Lakers Dynasty Baby

Tuesday, July 28, 2009: Kobe returns from China

Thursday, July 30, 2009: LO signs with Lakers.

? go figure

OK, enjoy the celebration.

Firstly, go back to work and hone the skills of Championship team. It starts from every individual, working as a team. All teams will start at a clean slate. Lamar is good ingredient but does not provide any guarantees of Championship similar to Malone and Payton coming to the Lakers.

Secondly, let us celebrate in the blog for penetrating the thick faces of Laker management and Team Odom, I guess our hard hitting posts got into their senses that they end their gamesmanship today.

Lastly, Pat Riley condolence. Consolation, you get travel rewards in your trip to LA. D'Wade, any second thoughts of moving to LA next season. We need a PG if you will accept MLE?

Have a nice vacation, let's drink to that.

PS. Oh before I forget....will this delay the progress of Bynum now that Lamar is back? i don't think so, it is Bynum who will make Bynum great, why on Lamar? why on Pau? Go Bynum

Mamba,

Sign me up for the “Lakers 98-0 Bandwagon.” LOL.

Tom

I told you there was nothing to worry about!

now all the LO haters need to send him a letter of apology along with a piece of candy

AK,

I just reread your blog and am gobsmacked that you would use this good news as an opportunity to bash Walton and Powell. WTF??

My ODOM !!!

My KOBE !!!

My GASOL !!!

My ARTEST !!!

My BYNUM !!!

MY LLAAAKKKEERRSSSSSS!!!!!

74-8 OH YEAH BABY!!!!!! get on it.....

Thank goodness now I have my summer back!!

Can you hear that?

It's the rest of the league saying "Darn, we almost had a chance."

Lakers Bloggers,

TIME TO BREAK OUT THE DVR AND REPLAY GAMES 6 AND 7!

Tom

Finally!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, Lakers. Yeah Odom. Now lets pull off a repeat, then we can go for the threepete! Now that it's official I can finally go on my vacation without spending lots of time looking for a computer to check out Odom's status.

That lack of sound you just heard was the silencing of clicking fingers of all the diehards for the rest of the summer. Get some rest, boys and girls. Go play in the sun. See you for the back to back season of '09-'10.

And behold !! There was much rejoicing in LakerLand..even those who are part of the Canadian contingent...lol

I dealt with losing Ariza..it was tough but getting Artest was a massive coup for Mitch and Co. But losing Lamar just made the bench look like...errrr..well you know of what I speak.

Now, if a few guys (I'm looking at you Sasha) prove that this year was a fluke, Andrew stays healthy and internalizes the lessons only a run to a championship can teach, and Kobe gets a little more rest than he did last offseason? I think we are going to be one happy bunch watching this machine roll. This is an awesome array of talent. God help the league if they get significant improved play from lesser lights and Kobe displays the scary intensity all the way to another Finals.

the moral of the story?

don't mess with buss..

love it. agent got worked. don't bring that stuff to LA.

Kobe can start playing in January and Lakers still on top of the WEST standings.

Time to rest Kobe.

Let Artest and Bynum do all the damage in the first half of the season.

MY ODOM!!!! YEAH!!!

Finally it is done. I am so glad Lamar Odom chose a great team over more money. I will never make fun of him again.

Please add me to the 70 win bandwagon

L.O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOUT TIME!!!!

GO LAKERS

yay!

does that mean the blog traffic will be down.... what does that do to the KAMBRO's commissions??

Aztronut,

I don't consider it "bashing" Walton or Powell to state- in explaining the importance of Lamar staying- that both represent a pretty sizable drop off compared to LO, should they fill in as the starting PF over a sizable chunk of time. It's just being honest, and it's not a knock on either guy. They both provide value as role players, but within their limits.

AK

Lamar signed, Ok now I can buy those front row season tickets, can anyone loan me $630,000.00

Lamar Odom remains a Laker, Brett Farve remains retired, and Roy Halladay remains a Toronto Blue Jay. As you were, sports fans.

Now, all the sports writers who postponed their vacations for all this ado about nothing can finally take a hiatus. As for us fans, we've been used and abused. I stopped caring about all of this. I just wanted all of it to be resolved. O-V-E-R.

Of course I'm happy Odom will return. Stability is an essential component of any championship team. But Odom, for all he brings to the party -- and it's substantial -- is still a head case. Fortunately, Phil Jackson and Kobe made their peace some time ago. PJ still has Odom, Artest, and Bynum to manage -- and that's asking a lot of a coach, to be sure.

Let's just hope that a year from now, we can say "all's well that ends well" following a 2nd consecutive championship run. I think we all feel pretty positive about that right now. Meanwhile, the highly-rated "Lamar Show" is on hiatus for the rest of the summer. Go Lakers!

LakerTom,

"Shouldn’t the new formula include #37?

24 + 16 + 7 + 17 + 37 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age"

Not so fast ... Artest has to earn it first ... also seperating out the [1]7 into 7 + 17 means both Odom and Bynum will be clicking @ d same time which is a rarity ...

I'm all for your version of the equation holding up ... though I think it'd equate to something stronger ... more like 24 + 16 + 7 + 17 + 37 = "Has there been a better laker team" ... hence u c y I'm hesitant to agree to that, I can just see all the die hard 80s laker fans bringing out the pitch forks

OK, now its on the LA TImes front page, must be legit.

The Party starts tonight and goes until opening tip off next year. We WORK for rings, but we LIVE TO CELEBRATE VICTORY!

I LOVE LA!

IS IT OCTOBER 27TH YET??

The minute LO inks his contract with the Lakers is the sound you hear Red Aurbach turning over in his grave. The Lakers will bury the Celtics for the next 5 years!

I guess Lamar was afraid to be showed up in the Los Angeles Spotlight by George Sherrill.

Welcome home, Candyman!!!!!

I kind of feel bad for the rest of the league. David Stern should have stepped in and forced Lamar to pick another team.

Congratulations to the Buss Family for their devotion to winning. They are truly the best owners in sports.
Contrast this signing with the way the Celtics handled Posey last year.

Congratulations to Lamar. He handled a tough period in his life with grace. All of us fans are absolutely thrilled to have him back.

The Lakers own this city and today's events are the reason why.

I'd like to sign up for the 70 win bandwagon too, please!

Aztronut,

I don't consider it "bashing" Walton or Powell to state- in explaining the importance of Lamar staying- that both represent a pretty sizable drop off compared to LO, should they fill in as the starting PF over a sizable chunk of time. It's just being honest, and it's not a knock on either. They both provide value as role players, but within their limits.

AK


You don't have to explain yourself to astronut.......... ANYTIME IS A GOOD TIME TO BASH LUKE WALTON......KEEP IT UP!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009: Kobe returns from China
Thursday, July 30, 2009: LO signs with Lakers.
? go figure

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhh

I think it has more to do with Mitch leaves for his summer vacation August 2nd

 
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