Lamar Odom discussing plans to sign 1-day contract, retire with Lakers

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Lamar Odom could cap his NBA career in the place where he enjoyed some of his happiest moments.

The 14-season veteran has discussed the possibility of signing a ceremonial 1-day contract in order to officially retire with the Los Angeles Lakers before the start of the season, Odom told The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Odom won two championships alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol from 2004-11. In his seven seasons with the Lakers, he averaged 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. He captured Sixth Man of the Year honors in his final season with the organization.

But after a December trade to the Dallas Mavericks in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, a variety of personal health issues caused Odom's career to stall. He would ultimately play just 138 more games before fizzling out of the league at age 33.

“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom told The Vertical. “I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving."

In 2015, a nearly lethal overdose on cocaine and other stimulants almost claimed Odom's life, as he suffered several strokes and organ failure. Odom has since been open about his struggles with drug use and the recovery from his life-threatening incident, including a personal essay for The Players' Tribune.

Now, Odom is weighing his next steps, which could include re-visiting an offer the Lakers extended last season to bring him on as a player development coach. He's also shown interest in joining Year 2 of Ice Cube's upstart BIG3 league next summer.

“It would give me something to do," Odom told The Vertical. "That league is going to last. It’s not going anywhere, and more dudes will get down with it."

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