Things have gone downhill for free agent Lamar Odom since the rescinded trade to the then-New Orleans Hornets. After being arrested for suspicions of driving under the influence, an anonymous NBA general manager has told Sporting News that he thinks his career is over:
“I would say he is beyond toxic at this point,” one general manager told Sporting News. “Just going by what he is giving you on the court, he would have been a risk anyway, maybe someone you give a partial guarantee to just to see if he can turn things around. But with the circus that’s around him off the court now, no way. I think that’s the end of Lamar Odom in the NBA. It’s a shame.”
This is nothing that no one knew, but it’s hard just hearing.
In the sum of two seasons Odom went from the most versatile sixth man in the NBA when playing with the Los Angeles Lakers to just another guy. Last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, Odom averaged 4 points per game which is a career low in 20 minutes per night. And during the season Odom spent a lot of time fighting his offseason weight, being an extreme shell of himself the first few months of the season.
There have been rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested, but outside of the team he helped win two championships with well is drying up for Odom. He just isn’t worth the trouble, especially since his talents don’t match the off-the-court drama. It’s similar to what Allen Iverson, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco went through.
Hopefully Odom puts his well-being and health over his career and gets himself back together because this NBA thing is on it’s last leg.