Having spent months waiting for "the call" and languishing in Free Agency, Lamar Odom has finally found a team...In Spain.
According to reports, the 34-year-old has agreed to join Laboral Kutxa Vitoria on a two month contract.
The move comes as a surprise to ESPN insider Marc Stein, who believes that at least one of the Los Angeles based teams were ready to make a move for the versatile forward.
"Lamar Odom has surprised a lot of people," said Stein. "A move to Europe, especially this late into the season has to be classed as surprising. The Clippers and the Lakers had been monitoring Odom going all the way back to the summer time.
"In November, Doc Rivers brought Odom to the Clippers' practise facilities and the assumption was that if we saw Odom back on the court this season, it was probably going to be in Los Angeles."
According to Stein, Odom has no early termination option which would allow him to end his contract prematurely, if an NBA team came calling, which means he fully intends to remain in Europe for the entire duration, if not more.
He actually has the option to stay until the end of the season which would mean he stays in Vitoria-Gasteiz until June.
That could actually be beneficial for the versatile forward as it will give him time away from the paparazzi in the U.S. that had haunted him since his marriage to reality TV star, Khloe Kardashian.
The former Number four overall draft pick's life was engulfed by the media spot light and he was constantly caught on camera in altercations with the Paparazzi.
To make matters worse, news later broke that he was addicted to crack cocaine and that he had checked into rehabilitation centre, only to leave a day later.
Perhaps time away from the ruthless media and spotlight will give him some time to conquer his demons and help him make his NBA comeback.
Plus, he'll be playing alongside a familiar face with Andres Nocioni being on the same team. And he will be going up against decent opposition(albeit not as good as the NBA) since Vitoria are still battling it out in the Euro League competition.
Lamar Odom is a two-time NBA champion and he earned Sixth Man of the Year honours in 2011 while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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