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Lamar Odom NBA return: Lakers, Clippers remain possibilities

Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have both kept a close eye on the progress of Lamar Odom in his personal life, as each would consider signing him to a deal if he proves that he has his life in order and is committed to basketball, according to Ramona Shelburne and Mark Stein of ESPN.com.

Each organization is said to have a renewed interest in the 14-year veteran if he decides to make an attempt at a comeback this season. Odom has recently began training with in mind a possible return to NBA in the second half of this season

Although this is encouraging news, both the Lakers and Clippers have not had recent contact with Odom in regards to basketball, but rather about his personal well being.

The 33-year-old this past offseason had gone through a whirlwind of a summer as it was reported that he had problems with drug usage during his lone season with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12 and an arrest in August on a DUI charge.

It is not surprising to hear both Los Angeles teams are taking a look at Odom, as he had his most productive seasons with each franchise and is most comfortable playing in the city he has spent most of his professional career.

The Clippers currently have a 14-man roster and have left an open roster spot since the end of training camp for a possible roster addition in the regular season and because of luxury tax concerns.

The Lakers on the other hand have  15 players on their roster and appear to hold more flexibility as they have Shawne Williams, Elias Harris, Xavier Henry, and 2013 second-round draft pick Ryan Kelly all under either partially or non-guaranteed deals. Their roster is also filled with an influx of players under one-year contracts in order to maintain maximum financial flexibility for next year’s offseason.

The main concern with Odom, as continues to work his way back into basketball shape, is whether he has his personal life in order. Throughout his NBA career there has been no denying his talent, but over his 14 years in the league there have been many off the court issues.

If Odom does indeed stay on track, it will be interesting to see which Los Angeles team takes a chance on the former Sixth Man of the Year.

Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.