HoopsHype Lamar Odom rumors

December 10, 2013 Updates

Former NBA player Lamar Odom pleaded no contest Monday to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years' probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment. In a deal with prosecutors, Odom entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was also ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and penalties, Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Odom had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail. SI.com

December 9, 2013 Updates

Former NBA player Lamar Odom has pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years of probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment. Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan says Odom entered the plea Monday to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. In a deal with prosecutors, he was also ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and penalties. The status of his suspended driver's license will be determined at a separate hearing. Odom was arrested Aug. 30 after his Mercedes-Benz SUV was spotted weaving on a Los Angeles freeway. USA Today Sports

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Odom, whose tumultuous summer included a DUI arrest and the breakup of his marriage to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, could be ready to help a team as early as mid-January, one person briefed on his condition said. But Odom, 34, did not do any contact basketball drills during his training stint in Rhode Island with McClanaghan, who also trains NBA stars Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and others. "He's not ready yet," said a person briefed on his training regimen. CBSSports.com

Odom visited Clippers officials in mid-November to discuss a possible return. The Clippers are continuing to monitor Odom's progress with an eye toward reuniting with the troubled swingman after a mediocre season as a role player last year. Odom, the No. 4 pick in the 1999 draft and a staple of the Lakers' back-to-back championships in 2009 and '10, hasn't been a consistent threat on the floor since the Lakers traded him to the Mavericks in December 2011. CBSSports.com

December 1, 2013 Updates

Christmas, according to one insider, is a more realistic target. The Clippers will undeniably miss Redick for the next six to eight weeks with the eight-year veteran playing the best all-around ball of his career. Don't forget that Matt Barnes has already missed a slew of games before Redick went down. ESPN.com

November 30, 2013 Updates

Rivers, the coach and head of basketball operations, was impressed by Odom’s attitude and condition – “He was actually in pretty good shape, and that surprised me” – when they met Nov. 15 at Clippers headquarters. No further visits are planned, Rivers said, but he has moved the process forward by talking with Phil Jackson, Odom’s former coach with the Lakers, and Vinny Del Negro, Odom’s coach last season with the Clippers before Odom became a free agent. “I’m hoping if things work out, yeah,” Rivers said Friday at Sleep Train Arena, where the Clippers beat the Kings 104-98. “But I just don’t know. I know there’s other teams involved, I think. I honestly haven’t focused on it a lot. But he’s somebody that I’ve always liked, and I like him more now after hearing from Phil Jackson to Vinny to all the players the type of guy he is in the locker room. When I hear that stuff, without saying exactly what I heard, you want him in your locker room.” NBA.com

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The Los Angeles Clippers continue to keep tabs on Lamar Odom, who is working out in Rhode Island with hopes of returning to the NBA this season. Most teams are staying away from the troubled Odom, but the Clippers’ need for a versatile swingman has coach Doc Rivers intrigued. Boston Globe

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"Everyone who was here (with the Clippers last season) has always told me (that) Lamar was a good guy, a great locker room guy – funny, never complained – even with the struggles," Dudley, who came to the Clippers via trade during the summer, told USA TODAY Sports before their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. "His struggle was getting in shape and getting motivated. I think that once he got in the season, he was motivated, they said. The only thing I've heard is he's a good guy. That's the honest truth. It seemed like, when he came into the locker room (during a visit at the team's facility on Friday), when he was high-fiving every guy, like he was a good personality." USA Today Sports

As for whether Dudley foresees Odom joining the Clippers, he told USA TODAY Sports, "Oh, 100%." Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn't willing to confirm nor deny such a sentiment, but he did acknowledge that his two-hour meeting with Odom was a positive step forward in their potential relationship. The first-year Clippers coach had no prior relationship with Odom, so he brought him in to get his own sense of his well-being and discuss how this pairing might work after Odom's tumultuous summer. USA Today Sports

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