He was asleep, dreaming about playing basketball somewhere, preferably back with the Lakers — with his cellphone turned off — unaware his agent had worked out a deal.
When Lamar Odom awoke Thursday, the free-agent forward turned on his phone and heard the message from his agent, Jeff Schwartz:
"You’re still a Laker," the message said.
Odom called his agent back to confirm it. Odom and the Lakers had agreed on a four-year deal, reportedly for $33 million, with a team option for the final year.
The versatile 6-foot-10 forward will earn less than the last Lakers offer of about $36 million over four years, but that offer was pulled off the table two weeks ago by owner Jerry Buss.
But after a month of talking, posturing, having the Lakers’ offer taken away and then both sides resuming negotiations, and with the Miami Heat making a push to sign him, Odom is back with the Lakers.