According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times the Los Angeles Clippers have offered free agent forward Lamar Odom the veterans minimum for the 2013-14 NBA season.
Clippers willing to offer Lamar Odom vet. mim. of $1.4 million. Odom would like more, but no team has offered LO anything more.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 16, 2013
At this point in his career Lamar Odom isn’t worth more. Honestly it’s up in the air whether he’s worth what’s being offered, but with $1.4 million being the minimum for any player who has played 14 seasons.
If Odom refuses to take what’s currently on the table then it is said that the team will then move on to offer Antawn Jamison the role for reserve power forward.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Doc Rivers has spoken highly of Odom’s presence within the locker room as that may be a key reason why the team is still pursuing the versatile forward.
Looking at the current construct of the Clippers, Lamar Odom is the better fit. If he comes into the regular season in shape instead of working to get to the point by December he will provide the stretch four this team needs along with a secondary ball-handler with the reserve unit alongside Darren Collison. If the team is looking for the better shooter then Jamison is the better option.
This is the last roster decision that will likely be made for this team as every position is at least two deep at this point.