Lamar Odom: Is his Career in the NBA Over?

By: Lindsay McCane - August 28, 2013

Is Lamar Odom out of a job? With all of his personal and marital problems that are happening right now, it looks as though Odom may not have his career that he has worked so hard for anymore.

Odom has been all over the news lately, with rumors circulating from severe drug abuse, a near divorce from his wife Khloe Kardashian, and being “missing” for over 72 hours. It makes you question whether Odom has to much baggage to land a contract with another NBA team.

“There’s an old saying in the NBA: Are you more valuable than your problems? And it’s just reached the point with Lamar where he is not more valuable than his problems,” says an NBA insider. “Up until about two years ago, Lamar Odom was averaging about 15 points and eight rebounds a game and you know what? You deal with his off-court problems for that. When Lamar Odom averages four points a game, he’s not worth the problems.”

As of July 1, 2013, Odom was officially off of the Los Angeles Clipper’s roster and his contract had ended, confirms the director of communications for the team, Seth Burton.

“It’s almost Labor Day weekend and players are starting to return to their teams, and Lamar doesn’t have a team,” says an NBA insider who knows Odom. “He’s gone from making $8.5 million last year to being out of work at this point.”

A source close to Odom says that he is focusing on trying to save his marriage and is putting his priorities in order. “Really, basketball’s not even on Lamar’s mind. He’s got bigger issues now, bigger than playing basketball. How can he even think about that when his life is not right. Priorities comes and instead of having the basketball in both his hands, he needs to have a tight grip on his life and these issues he’s been having. That’s where is head is and I think it’s a good thing.”

Kardashian has said that she will stand by her husband during this difficult time in their lives. “She never left him to begin with [and] she’s not going to,” the source adds. “She doesn’t want to see him in pain and she doesn’t want to live in pain either. This is a struggle for both of them, not just Lamar.”

Friends and fans of Odom are supporting him and wishing him the best via twitter.

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Lindsay McCaneLindsay McCane is a writer, student, wife, and mom to a two-year-old little boy. She loves to read, write, and spend time with her family. Follow her on Twitter @lrmccane.

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  • P. Harris

    My hope for him is nothing but the best. Larmar and Khloe seems to have a solid foundation; but even so can be tested. Hang in there Khloe, if he tries to get himself together. However, if he’s not trying and putting forth MUCH EFFORT; then you have to do what you have to do. I can tell that Khloe takes her vows seriously. If given a second chance, he needs to take it and I mean take it seriously. One can tell that Khloe tries so hard to please her husband. They really look like a solid couple.

    • Wow

      “Larmar and Khloe seems to have a solid foundation”

      How in the world would you know? Judging by the rest of your comment, your knowledge of them is based solely on what you see on their toxic television show. Do you truly think that’s any kind of basis for informing an opinion?

      “I can tell that Khloe takes her vows seriously.”

      Oh you can? Is her and her family’s desire to put every living second of their lives on TV part of those serious vows?

      “They really look like a solid couple.”

      P, you REALLY need to stop watching that ridiculous garbage, because you are being fed edited nonsense, and yet, you clearly take it seriously. Go read a book.