16 Jul 2009

Lakers withdraw off to Odom

11:38 am on 16 July 2009

The NBA basketball champion Los Angeles Lakers have withdrawn an offer to free agent Lamar Odom after the 10th-year forward did not respond to the proposal.

A Los Angeles newspaper report says said Lakers owner Jerry Buss had offered Odom either a four-year deal for 91 million dollars or a three-year contract worth 76 million dollars but has broken off all talks after being snubbed.

Odom, who turns 30 in November as the NBA's 2009-2010 campaign begins, made 35 million this past season, when the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals.

It was the last year of a six-season deal worth 160 million dollars signed in 2003 when Odom was playing with the Heat.

Odom averaged 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds a game coming off the bench during the Lakers' playoff run. His agent, Jeff Schwartz, reportedly sought about 125 million dollars over five years.