The Lakers and 76ers have held discussions involving a swap of Andre Iguodala for Lamar Odom, according to league sources.
The deal would save Philadelphia a significant amount of money, as Odom is entering the final season of his contract while Iguodala is owed a combined $44 million over the next three seasons.
The Lakers would have to include more salary in order for the deal to consummated.
Pau Gasol took only nine shots Sunday, and his lacking game drew the ire of Kobe Bryant. Kendrick Perkins called Gasol soft a month ago, and there was no refuting that on Sunday in the Lakers’ 109-100 loss.
Gasol played the part and looked it too, leaving the arena with a bandage under his left eye that covered a gash DJ Mbenga had opened.
“It’s up to me to get myself going, be more aggressive, get myself into rhythm,” Gasol said. Someone asked if Lamar Odom also needed to hike his scoring, and Bryant made clear that was not the problem. “Pau is our guy,” he said. “He’s next in line and gets the responsibility that comes with it.”
Lamar Odom will undergo a MRI on Monday to examine his sore right foot.
“It’s been aching, especially in the morning,” Odom said. “I’ve played a lot of basketball. Hopefully it’s just wear and tear.”
Odom removed his sneaker and had his foot re-taped on the bench during the second half Sunday, but went back into the game.
“I’ll get it checked out [Monday] and hopefully all I need is ice,” Odom said.
With one exhibition game remaining and just four days out from the tip of the FIBA World Championship for Men, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Bryant, James, Wade, Anthony
Named to the 12-man 2010 USA World Championship Team were: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom jumped suddenly back while standing along the lane as Kobe Bryant shot a free throw with 1:30 to play in Game 5 Sunday night.
A fan had thrown something, and Odom felt it.
Asked afterward what it was, Odom said he thought it was a tiny vodka bottle, using his hand to show the size of one of those alcohol products handed out on an airplane.
It is hard to argue against 128 points, but a Amare Stoudemire did just that Tuesday.
He told reporters that Lamar Odom had a “lucky game” in the opener of the Western Conference finals, an obvious shot at the sixth man who broke through a monthlong playoff slump with 19 points and 19 rebounds in the Lakers’ 128-107 victory Monday night.
“I’m not giving him no hype,” Stoudemire testily said. “He had a lucky game.”