Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers Return Rumors Fueled By Dwight Howard Trade to Houston Rockets

After Dwight Howard announced his departure from the Lakers, the team has reportedly reached out to Lamar Odom. 

According to reports, the Lakers have contacted Odom, though their interest in the center is unknown.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN confirmed the news.

"Lakers have reached out to Lamar Odom, but it been hard to determine how high interest level is on either side thus far," Shelburne tweeted. 

Odom won back-to-back championships with Kobe Bryant and 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 and he won 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.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are having a tough week after losing Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets. 

On Friday, Howard took to Twitter to confirm the Rockets trade.

"I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best," Howard tweeted.

Bryant reportedly tired this best to convince Howard to stay in Los Angeles. In the Lakers pitch meeting with Howard last week, Bryant told the big man that he must be willing to learn how to win championships. 

"You need to learn how it's done first, and I can teach you here," Bryant told Howard during the Lakers' presentation. "I know how to do it and I've learned from the best--players who have won multiple times over and over."

Former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal bashed Howard for leaving LA, saying that he couldn't handle the pressure. 

"It was expected," O'Neal said of Dwight's decision, according to The Orlando Sentinel. "We've all been in L.A. and not a lot of people can handle being under the bright lights."

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