Thursday, July 30, 2009

Report: Lamar Odom will return to Lakers, sign four-year deal

After flirting with the Miami Heat, Lamar Odom has decided to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers and will sign a four-year, $33 million deal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and J.A. Adande.

The Heat had apparently offered Odom a five-year deal worth the same amount to return to the team he played for during the 2003-2004 season and Dwyane Wade was even in on the recruiting attempt.

The first three years of the contract call for Lamar Odom to earn $25 million during that time. The fourth year of this deal is reportedly a team option and Odom will receive $2 million if it is not picked up.

With Odom now in the fold, the Lakers can boast an improved team over last year's championship squad. The loss of Trevor Ariza doesn't hurt at all with Ron Artest joining the team and Odom returning.

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