Unexpected news coming out of the ESPN story that Lamar Odom is returning to the Lakers:
On Tuesday, the Portland Trail Blazers also got into the mix, offering a five-year, $40 million deal, according to a source close to Odom.
At least, that’s what the story originally read (thanks O-Live). As I refreshed the link to put in this post, all of the sudden the middle part of that sentence — about the five years $40 mil — is missing. Source close to Odom should already make you super dubious, but the fact that the details of the offer were whisked away from the story strikes me as ESPN saying something was awry with the source. We’ll keep you updated if anything leaks out about the supposed offer, but so far it’s clear that at the very least, someone wanted the information about Portland being out there after the fact. This is where I tell you Odom has the same agent, Jeff Schwartz, as Jerryd Bayless. Draw your conclusions from there.
UPDATE 9:12 ET: Here’s Marc Stein with the true story behind the ghost offer (the original link on ESPN was updated):
One source close to Odom told ESPN that the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday tried to join the bidding with a potential five-year, $40 million bid. Yet that would have required Portland to trade a player such as Travis Outlaw to a team with salary-cap space like Oklahoma City, thereby creating the cap space to make such an offer after the Blazers’ recent signing of free-agent guard Andre Miller.
“It’s not true,” Odom’s agent Jeff Schwartz said Thursday night. “I’ve had no discussions this week with the Blazers about Lamar.”
Looks like someone was just throwing trash out the window hoping someone would pick it up. My only question is what would be the motivation behind something like that, especially if it wasn’t Odom’s agent?