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Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

Posted on: July 27, 2009 10:51 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2009 9:08 am
 
The Miami Heat's pursuit of free agent Lamar Odom has escalated in recent days. Now, reigning scoring champion Dwyane Wade reportedly will have a chance to close the deal in person.

Although Wade is dealing with forces beyond his control, he usually closes the deal.

Reporter Jim Hill of the CBS-TV affiliate in Los Angeles reports that Odom was scheduled to meet with Wade and Pat Riley on Monday in hopes of finalizing the talented sixth man's departure from the defending champion Lakers. This comes after Wade escalated his recruitment of Odom on his Twitter account over the weekend, urging Odom to "come back to where it started for both of us."

Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who personally closed the deal with free agent Ron Artest earlier this month, pulled his initial offer of three years and approximately $30 million off the table -- apparently in frustration over Odom's insistence on shopping the offer to other teams. Neither the Lakers nor Odom has closed the door on reigniting the talks, and some close to Odom still believe he prefers to re-sign with the Lakers. A face-to-face meeting with Riley and Wade will go a long way toward determining whether Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, are posturing for a better offer or serious about leaving Hollywood for South Beach, where Odom played the 2003-04 season when Wade was a rookie.

A resolution is expected by the end of the week, but there's no foolproof way to handicap Odom's destination. Clearly, there will be no home-team discount for the Lakers. But if Odom was so intent on leaving, wouldn't he have made a decision already? Riley and Wade are extremely persuasive, but will they be able to sell Odom on the idea that Miami is a better championship contender with Odom than the Lakers are?

I'm on record saying Odom would be better off staying in L.A., but it's not my money or my career. If Odom finally decides to return to the Lakers, all of this posturing and negotiating will be forgotten. In my opinion, he fits better on that team than he would anywhere else.

Comments

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2009 2:23 am
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

Ok Ok OK.....Say We(As In Lakers) lose LO...Is there anyone on the market that anyone believes is worth going after? We obviously have the money to make a reputable sign...what do u think?



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2009 2:16 am
 

The Demise of the lLakers

When Odoms leaves for miami it will start the demise of the lakers maybe not this year but when Phil Jackson leaves next year  there will be a chain reaction. Kobe will blow a gasket and we all know when he's not happy...... things arent that great in LA LA land.

When Artest wears out his welcome ..... and he will...... the lakers will be in a funk for years  to come.

Sooner or later Gasol will be wanting to be paid for what he is worth and the lakers will be so far over the Cap they wont be able to sign to him. And if you havent notice .....alot of teams in the west got better this off season. The Warriors almost played them straight up with a D team Line up. The Rockets took them to the limit.

The East Conference all the playoff teams got better and Odoms signs with Miami they get better in a hurry, then they sign and trade for Boozer they will be a force in the East.

The Party is almost over for the Lakers



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:38 am
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

Odom like almost all other athletes thinks that after a decade of making 10 MIL, they need to milk that last contract for everything he can and the Lakers didn't flinch. Remember the Bulls giving Ben Wallace that extra amount and he ran out of juice and ended up having his contract bought out before it ended by his 3rd team since that signing. Ben Wallace was smart because he was a 4? time DPOY and the heart and soul of a perennial contender. Lamar Odom falls in line between Kobe, Pau, Bynum and potentially Artest (depending on what he decides to show) in terms of importance possibly to the Lakers winning a title. Make sure that you have the negotiating power before you try and juice someone for more cash as you are in the twilight of your career especially. Plus, how many people can afford him or can pay the luxury tax in today's economy. Give me 9 Million anyday



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:07 am
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

heat suck go kakers



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2009 10:41 pm
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

Who knows, maybe Morrison can fill in as a sixth man
 ...



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2009 10:05 pm
 

Hollywood: Dumb & Dumber

Laker's are dumb for blowing up a championship team.  Wow they had a team that could contend the next 5 years+.  Lamar is not too bright either.
But he should go to Miami.  Wade and no Kobe.  No LA smog and traffic.  Warm ocean water. Real people.
Thanks for paving the way for banner 18 in green before Lebron starts his streak.



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2009 9:38 pm
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

Heat are the best screw all these people saying Hes better fit in L.A. its what ever he wants not what you want.



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2009 7:56 pm
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

The entire CBS is turning into a Lakers bandwagon.  Even the writers.  Stop sucking those Stern-babies off.



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2009 4:45 pm
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

I've read all these posts and I am not 100% sure that many of my so calle fellow lakers fans even watch any games, because Odom was not really Ariza's back up... He was more of Bynum's back-up because Gasol slid over and played the 5 and Odom the 4 with Ariza Kobe and Dfish... Odom comes off the bench but gets pretty much starters minutes.  So that would mean if Odom comes back that the majority of the time the Lakers will be showing a line-up of DFish, Kobe, Artest, Odom, and Gasol.... If Bynum stays healthy the whole year and gets where he was pre-injury last year this team is even better than last year.  So do not say that Adam Morrison can fill Odom's shoes because he nor any other laker can play the 3/4 like Odom does.  He may be lazy and not into the games all the time, but he did show up for the playoffs and he did show up when Bynum was injured.  As long as he shows up when needed most he is worth 10 million to repeat but without Odom I do not see the US repeating because of moves others have made



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2009 4:24 pm
 

Odom meeting with Riley, Wade

Well said.


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