Lamar Odom rumor regarding roster spot with Lakers untrue, according to report

Harry How

The Lakers deny reaching out to Lamar Odom regarding the potential of signing him if he goes to rehab.

Despite a previous report that the Los Angeles Lakers had no interest in acquiring former Laker Lamar Odom a rumor had floated across the internet that the organization reached out to the veteran with an offer: go to rehab and we will use our last roster spot on you.

The rumor was untrue and, according to a team source, no conversation between general manager Mitch Kupchak and Odom's agent regarding a roster spot -- or stipulations -- occurred, reports Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.

Per team source, there was no such conversation between Kupchak and Odom's agent, Jeff Schwartz, about re-joining the team. The Lakers organization still thinks very fondly of Odom and is genuinely concerned for his well-being. However, the story that a Lakers roster spot would be waiting for Odom should he complete treatment at a rehabilitation center is not true.

Odom has not directly addressed any allegations regarding drug abuse, though his agent did confirm that the former Sixth Man of the Year was staying staying in a hotel room in Los Angeles where friends were attempting to find him help.

The Los Angeles Clippers have since signed Antawn Jamison to a one-year, veteran's minimum deal -- moving on from the possibility of re-signing Odom despite teammates previously lobbying for his return.

It's unclear as to whether Odom will land on an NBA roster, though his agent has stated his intention is to return to the NBA for the 2013-2014 season.

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