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.)