Sunday, August 10, 2003
Report: Odom wants to be free of the Clippers
LOS ANGELES - It appears Lamar Odom does not want to be
stuck with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Miami Herald is reporting that Odom, a restricted free agent
forward, plans to sign an offer sheet with the Miami Heat, and
does not want the Clippers to match it.
"I just feel like this is my time and my place and my chance to
get out of there," Odom told the newspaper.
Since Odom was selected fourth overall in 1999, the Clippers
have been through four coaches and just hired their fifth, Mike
Dunleavy. Apparently, Odom has had enough.
"I don't want to go through this again," Odom said. "I don't
see myself playing for any other coach than (Miami's) Pat Riley
Riley tried to pry All-Star forward Elton Brand away from the
Clippers, but they matched the six-year, $82 million offer
sheet. Now he is reportedly preparing a six-year offer sheet to
Odom worth more than $65 million. But Odom will not sign it
unless he gets an assurance from the Clippers that they will not
"I just want to get as far away from the Clippers as possible,"
Odom told the newspaper.
The Clippers initially offered Odom a three-year deal worth $24
million. He could sign a one-year qualifying offer of $3.9
million and become an unrestricted free agent next season.
The 6-10 Odom was suspended by the NBA early in his career for
violation of the league's anti-drug policy. He began last
season rehabilitating injuries from the previous campaign and
averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 49 games.