After rumors swirled that Lamar Odom might make a Los Angeles Lakers return, the Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to bring him back next season.
Earlier this summer, the Lakers front office said they weren't exactly sure about ways in which Odom would improve the team at the same time the Clippers didn't initially offer an opportunity to re-sign him once his contract expired.
But, now the Clippers are reportedly ready to offer Odom a $1.4 million contract but just need him to agree to the terms.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Clippers hope to re-sign Odom sooner than later.
"Free-agent forward Antawn Jamison was led to believe he would be signing with the Clippers but was told Thursday the Clippers were instead focused on re-signing Odom," a source said.
Now with Doc Rivers as the new head coach, the team has a new vision which includes Odom. Rivers believes that Odom has a positive influence on the team.
Odom won back-to-back championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, but his tenure with the team ended in 2011 when he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. In 2012, Odom was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Odom was very popular amongst Lakers' fans, winning the Sixth Man of the Year award as a Laker back in 2011, averaging 14.4 points on 53 percent shooting and 8.7 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game.
At the time of the trade that sent Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, Bryant was unhappy about the trade, saying that he "didn't like it."
"You're talking about the Sixth Man of the Year last year," Bryant said. "He played lights out. I don't understand the criticism of reality shows and this, that and the other... I don't understand that."