Lamar Odom - Another Almost Net

LOS ANGELES CA - JANUARY 14: Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center on January 14 2011 in Los Angeles California. The Lakers won 100-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It's one of those "wudda, cudda, shudda" trades that were never made, like the one earlier this week that had the Nets almost getting Paul Pierce in March. Marc Stein's addition to the literature of what-never-was is a Weekend Dime report on how Lamar Odom almost became a Net in December.

The story goes like this: "sources close to the situation" say that Odom would likely have landed with the Nets had the Lakers' trade for Chris Paul gone through. Odom was headed to New Orleans in that deal, but David Stern ultimately canceled it. What wasn't known, reports Stein, is that the Hornets would have turned around and sent Odom to New Jersey, believing he'd prefer living in native New York. The Nets would have sent a first round pick down south.

Odom of course expressed his unhappiness about being marketed, then demanded a trade. He wound up in Dallas which declared him inactive this week. If the deal had gone through, he would have helped the Nets replenish their then-yawning Kardashian deficit. Odom is married to Kim Kardashian's sister, Khloe.

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