Lamar Odom, 34, has just signed a two-month contract with Spanish basketball team Laboral Kutxa.
The former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers also has the chance to extend the contract for the remaining season which allows him to fill in for an injured player. Details for these types of contracts typically give veteran players the chance to go back and play for the NBA if an opportunity comes knocking. According to reports, Odom is committed to playing the remainder of the season with Spain before going back to the NBA.
Joseasn Querejeta, president for Laboral Kutxa, stated that they are happy to have Odom on their team. They have been working on recruiting the player for the past few days and feel that he is the perfect player to help them win.
Laboral Kutxa currently places ninth among the 18 teams in the Spanish league, and is presently in last place in the Euroleague. Other NBA players who have played for the Spanish team include Tiago Splitter, Jose Calderon, and Goran Dragic.
Odom nearly got the chance to return to the NBA last November when Doc Rivers, the new coach for the Los Angeles Clippers, approached him and assessed his playing. However, the Clippers signed off with three other players – Sasha Vujacic, Hedo Turkoglu, and Stephen Jackson – leaving Odom out of the game.
Odom has been out of the NBA since last summer. He was the talk of the town with rumors circulating about his mental state, sobriety, and his recent divorce from reality television star Khloe Kardashian, which was finalized late last year. The basketball star also pleaded guilty to a DUI charge last December.
The new recruit for Laboral Kutxa will make his debut on the court when the team plays against Valladolid.
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