Tag: Lamar Odom

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

Heat waive Mike Miller using amnesty provision


The reality of the new collective bargaining agreement is that with the far more strict financial penalties in place for teams in luxury tax territory, most are going to try to cut costs whenever possible.

And that includes the back-to-back champion Miami Heat.

Mike Miller has been waived via the amnesty provision, the team announced on Tuesday. The move will cut the Heat’s luxury tax bill by $17 million for next season.

As a reminder, players are still paid out the remainder of the money remaining on their contract once they’re amnestied. Those dollars owed come off the team’s salary cap and are removed from luxury tax calculations, but the checks to the player are cut nonetheless. In this case, Miller will still be paid a total of $12.8 million, the total of what his deal would have been for the next two seasons.

The move comes as a mild surprise, only because Heat executive Pat Riley was on record recently saying that there were no plans for the team to use the amnesty provision on any of its players, and that unless there was a mandate from ownership, it wasn’t something that he would consider.

Miller started the last four games of the NBA Finals for the Heat, and played an important role in his team’s late comeback in Game 6 — Miller tracked down the offensive rebound on the play that led to a LeBron James three that kept Miami’s hopes alive.

Miller has value and can still play, but injuries have limited him severely in recent years. He appeared in just 59, 39, and 41 regular season games for the Heat in each of the last three seasons.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com notes that this will have little overall impact on the Heat’s rotation next season, when Miami will return 94.9 percent of last season’s minutes — 10 percent more than any other team.

Miami may look to fill Miller’s now-vacant roster spot a number of ways. It could make a Greg Oden signing easier, or they could use part of their tax-payer’s mid-level to chase someone such as Lamar Odom. There also is rookie James Ennis of Long Beach State, whom they picked up with a late second round pick in this year’s draft following a trade with the Hawks. It would be a minimum, non-guaranteed deal, providing very little overall risk — financial, or otherwise.

“I understand the business side of basketball,” Miller told Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. “It’s a combination of being very, very thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had, but it hurts that we had a chance to do something very, very special and I’d love to have been a part of it.”

Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

Brandon Jennings

Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more.

But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws but guys who can help the right team.

Here’s a quick list of the big names.

• Brandon Jennings (restricted): The Bucks let the market set the price for Jennings — and with virtually every team now locked in at the starting point spot he doesn’t have the leverage to get the $12 million a year he thought he deserved. Jennings is a quick point guard who looks good in transition, a guy who can penetrate, but who shot a low percentage (40 percent last year), a guy who struggles to finish in the paint, and is a disinterested defender. Bottom line is he can put up points but teams are hesitant about his overall impact. The Bucks went hard and missed out on Jeff Teague, but that didn’t help the Bucks relationship with Jennings. The most likely outcome is a sign-and-trade, but other teams may have lowball offers and not want to send the Bucks much in return. It is possible he returns to the Bucks for another season.

• Metta World Peace: He was amnestied by the Lakers and while he’s not the defender or isolation scorer he was a few years ago he can still he certainly help a good team. He cleared waivers and is considered likely to sign with the Knicks (the front runners) or Clippers. Remember he can sign for the minimum for one year because the Lakers are still paying him.

• Kenyon Martin: He pushed his way into the starting lineup for a stretched, scored 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, then went on to play key minutes in the playoffs with a PER of 16.2. The Knicks are interested but there are more than a few teams out there that could use his inside presence.

• Lamar Odom: The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a mess the last two seasons — he averaged 4 points a game and shot 39.9 percent shooting last year. His PER the last couple seasons was 9.2 and 10.9. The Lakers and Clippers are reportedly interested but he’s only going to get one-year offers at the minimum.

• Nikola Pekovic (restricted): The Timberwolves want to keep him and the two sides are still negotiating (there were reports that the number was four years, $50 million, but the team pretty much laughed at that immediately). They need him to balance out Love and will reach a deal, but other teams are lurking.

• Gerald Henderson (restricted): His negotiations with the Bobcats were at an impasse, so both sides were looking at sign-and-trade options. Henderson would be a solid addition for a team; he scored 15.2 points a game for the Bobcats last year and had an above average PER of 16.2.

• Nate Robinson: He can light up the scoreboard off the bench… or shoot you right out of the game. Fans love his fearless style, coaches hate his defense. The Nuggets and Knicks are reportedly the front-runners.

Other names of note still available: Mo Williams, Gary Neal (restricted, but the Spurs most likely would not match an offer), Elton Brand, Antawn Jamison, Samuel Dalembert, Devin Harris, Daniel Gibson, and Richard Hamilton.

Report: Lamar Odom being investigated in paparazzo incident

Lamar Odom

The paparazzi are part of life for celebrities in Los Angeles. You can’t hide from them, particularly if you are 6’10” and married to Khloe Kardashian. Lamar Odom should be very used to it by now after his time in Los Angeles.

Now Odom is being investigated as part of an incident with a paparazzo in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

The incident, which was captured on video, took place around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday on El Cerrito Place near Franklin Avenue….

Odom then appears to confiscate a rolling bag believed to contain camera equipment, place it in the trunk of his white Mercedes coup and drive off.

In the same video, he appears again on Hollywood Boulevard removing the items from his trunk and leaving them on the street.

Odom also is apparently on another video throwing a photographer’s gear out of the car into the street, all of which is reportedly part of the investigation.

The paparazzo allegedly asked Odom if he had been sleeping with anyone other than his wife. That has been a gossip page rumor as Odom and Kardashian are apparently having marital issues. Google it if you want some sordid details, that’s all I got.

Odom has been in negotiations with the Lakers about a possible return on a one-year contract. There also has been some contact about him returning to the Clippers.

Sports fans sometimes don’t realize the fame of Odom in popular culture due to his Kardashian ties. As an example, back in 2011 when the then-champion Lakers met president Barak Obama at a Washington area elementary school for a community event, the players were stunned how all the students wanted to know about Lamar and Khloe, not so much Kobe or the president.

There have been no arrests or charges yet, but there has been a report of felony grand theft filed with the LAPD, according to the report.

Report: Lakers bringing back Jordan Farmar next season

Jordan Farmar Lakers

If the Lakers are not going to be very good next year (and they’re not) they might as well be interesting and bring back some guys that fans like.

Say, for example, Jordan Farmar.

The guy who went to Taft High School in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, played his college ball at UCLA, was the backup point guard on the Lakers title teams in 2009 and 2010 and was a fan favorite, is on his way back to Los Angeles, according to Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Jordan Farmar has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, the veteran guard told ESPNLosAngeles.com Tuesday night.

This is a one year, veteran’s minimum deal. The Lakers have to work out a buyout with Farmar’s Turkish team. So long as that is under $500,000 the Lakers can pay it and it will not count against the salary cap.

This move is likely to go over fairly well with Lakers fans.

While he was winning rings in L.A., Farmar had always felt boxed in by Phil Jackson’s triangle and the first chance he got he bolted for the greener pastures of New Jersey. There he largely backed up Devin Harris then Deron Williams on some mediocre squads. When those two years were up and he struggled to get a job stateside he played last season in Turkey.

The Lakers are in talks to bring back Lamar Odom as well, sort of a 2010 reunion tour. Which is not going to take the Lakers far in the playoffs but would be fairly entertaining.

Report: Clippers speaking to veteran Antawn Jamison

Antawn Jamison

Antawn Jamison was frustrated last season with the way he was used — and often not used — in the Lakers constantly-changing rotations.

But the 37-year-old also showed he could still shoot the rock — 36 percent from three, 46 percent overall. He can contribute to a team in a limited role.

And that team may be the other one in Los Angeles, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Clippers are choosing between Lamar Odom and Jamison for that final big off the bench role.

I can see Jamison and his floor-spacing shooting fitting in with the Clippers, both on the pick-and-roll and running to the arc in transition with the Clippers second unit. For one year at the veteran minimum this would be a good fit.