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Friday, November 22, 2013
Wilcox on Clips' radar as Odom fallback

By Marc Stein

Lamar Odom remains the leading candidate to be signed by the Los Angeles Clippers to fill the opening they have in their frontcourt rotation.

By far.

But there's at least one other known name on the Clippers' list behind Odom in terms of potential in-season signees: Chris Wilcox.

Sources close to the situation say that Wilcox, who Clippers coach Doc Rivers knows well after their time together in Boston, is in L.A.'s thoughts as a fallback options should it ultimately decide to pass on bringing back Odom.

The corresponding lack of familiarity between Rivers and Odom is among the reasons the Clippers summoned the 33-year-old to a two-hour meeting at their practice facility last week. Odom is well-known in Clipperland after his two stints with the team -- with the second coming as recently as last season -- but that was all pre-Rivers.

Yet sources say the likelihood remains that Odom will ultimately get the call as he continues to work his way back from an offseason of off-court tumult. One source told ESPN.com last week that no deal with the Clippers "is imminent" but added that he'd be "surprised" if Odom doesn't wind up as a Clipper for the third time.

"I've always had interest in [Odom]," Rivers told L.A. reporters earlier this week. "I've always liked him. The teams he's played on and the coaches who have coached him always liked him, but, honestly, [last week's meeting] didn't go much further than that."

Since the sit-down with Odom, numerous members of the Clippers have publicly endorsed the idea of signing the NBA's 2011 Sixth Man Award winner, which only figures to enhance his chances.