The pipe dream that was Lamar Odom re-signing with the Clippers, regaining his confidence and being the player he was three years ago has finally come to an end. According to multiple reports, the swiss army knife is taking his talents overseas:
Rumors unconfirmed at this point but whispers coming from Spanish sources indicate that Lamar Odom is talking with Laboral Vitoria.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) February 17, 2014
It’s true. Just told @RealLamarOdom has a deal in principal with aforementioned Spanish club and intends to play rest of season in Espana
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2014
Odom’s life has been a tailspin since the “trade heard round the world” was rescinded by David Stern. He’s struggled on the court, and his life has been a living hell off of it, dealing with marital issues, drug addiction, rehab, traffic accidents, etc. It’s the worst possible scenario one envisions, but doesn’t think can come true.
If Odom is serious about wanting to returning to the NBA, this a great step in the right direction. It’ll allow him to refine his best skills, get back in shape, something that has been a huge problem since 2011, and get his legs back under him. Even if this doesn’t result in an immediate return to the NBA, this is a good spot for Odom to test his love for the game, something that waned while in Dallas. An unfamiliar setting, one that is in another country, will test Odom like nothing else can. If he’s truly ready to comeback, he’ll know by the time his tenure is up in Spain.
The team he’ll be heading to, Lobaral Kutxa Vitoria whom is apart of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, is currently 7-9 on the season. Odom will be playing alongside former Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni. Goran Dragic, Luis Scola and Tiago Splitter once played for Vitoria.