Odom trade because of his salary?

By Jason Wojciechowski on October 26, 2008 at 4:01 PM

This is silly. The argument seems to be that the Lakers can't keep Lamar Odom because his salary is so high. This misunderstands or ignores the NBA's salary cap rules. Odom's deal expires after this year. If the Lakers are worried about salary, trading him doesn't help because the players who come back have to have salaries close to Odom's. Expiring players typically are dealt for non-expiring players. (See Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol and also basically every other trade in the NBA over the last seven years.) If the Lakers don't want Odom's deal on the books, they keep him and let him walk in free agency after the year. Anyone they get back is going to cost them more, not less, because they will probably be multi-year players.