Lamar Odom Skips First Day of Lakers Training Camp After Failed Chris Paul Trade
NBA star Lamar Odom did not report to Lakers training camp today, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Odom voiced his displeasure Thursday over his involvement in the failed Chris Paul trade deal and told the LA Times, “Maybe I’ll see you [at training camp], but I doubt it. You don’t want to go to no place you’re not wanted.”
The 32-year old power forward was to be packaged along with teammate Pau Gasol in a three-team blockbuster deal to bring Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal was blocked by the league, citing “basketball reasons.”
Odom, who would have been traded to the New Orleans Hornets, has played for the Lakers for the past seven seasons and voiced his disbelief in an emotional conversation Thursday on the Steven A. Smith show.
Gasol, who would have been traded to the Houston Rockets, has reportedly taken the trade deal in stride and has attended training camp. Gasol tweeted:
“New day my friends. On my way to El Segundo for the first day of training camp #staypositive #NBAisBack”
The LA Times also reports that there is “no appeal possible” for the blocked Chris Paul trade.