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Odom finally ends his L.A. drama

Updated: July 31, 2009, 6:16 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

From New Orleans all the way to Portland, basketball fans in the Western Conference are feeling a whole lot less optimistic than they were just 24 hours ago.

Except the ones in L.A., that is. They're breathing a huge sigh of relief. After a monthlong drama in which Lamar Odom's seemingly certain return to the world champions somehow became a 50-50 proposition, he relented and agreed to rejoin the team Thursday on a four-year deal worth as much as $33 million.

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