After making headlines for his alleged drug abuse and rumored marital troubles with TV personality Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom will be returning to the NBA. TMZ caught up with Odom at LAX airport on Sunday (Nov 17), where the athlete confirmed he is in the process of signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.
When asked his return to the Clippers was a “sealed deal,” Odom, 38, responded with a quick, “Yeah.”
Odom reportedly attended a series of meetings with management from the Los Angeles team on Friday (Nov 15). Clippers coach Doc Rivers later confirmed that the two had met.
“I’ve always had interest in him,” Rivers told the Los Angeles Times.” I’ve always liked him. The teams he has played on, the coaches who have coached him have always liked him… I hadn’t seen him. I just wanted to see him, I really was I just wanted to see him physically and see how he was doing. He looked good. He looked great. He looked like his weight was way down and in good shape. But that doesn’t mean a lot.”
Odom previously played for the Clippers in the 2012/2013 NBA Season. Current players expressed their excitement for Odom’s potential return.
“I think it’s great,” former teammate Matt Barnes told USA Today Sports. “For one, as a friend who is wanting him to get his life back on track, I think that’s important. But he’s an intelligent big man who knows how to play the game. Hopefully he can get himself back in shape and be a great addition to our team. I knew Doc wanted him in the summer, so let’s just hope. I think he’d be a welcome addition to our team.”
Meanwhile, Odom has been spotted working out at his alma mater, the University Rhode Island. Earlier this week, he looked cheerful, posing for pictures with students on campus.