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Lamar Odom

Serious Return to Basketball

Or Cheap Publicity Stunt?!

2/18/2014 6:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lamar Odom has just signed a deal to play pro basketball in Spain ... but there are serious signs the whole thing is just a cheap Spanish publicity stunt.

Fact: Lamar just signed a deal with a team called Laboral Kutxa Vitoria.

Fact: Laboral Kutxa Vitoria is ranked 9th out of 18th in its league ... and LAST in its Euroleague group. 

Fact: Lamar only signed a 2-month deal, which will take him through the end of the season.

Smells fishy ...

Here's the deal ... the team wants Lamar because they hope he sells tickets since they suck and a playoff run is super unlikely.

But Lamar thinks this could be his road back to the NBA -- despite the fact he's essentially been shut out of the league due to his history of substance abuse and bad decision-making.

Example #1 -- It was just a few months ago a wasted Lamar made a rap video with a friend in which he bragged about cheating on his wife Khloe Kardashian.

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Example #2 -- Even after he was arrested for DUI and struggling with sobriety, Lamar was hitting up bars and nightclubs in L.A.

021814_lamar_clubs_launchExample #3 -- A delusional Odom insisted there was "great interest" from multiple NBA teams when in fact, no one wanted to touch the guy.

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So, all this being said ... you still think Laboral Kutxa was hoping to sign a great player? Or they just wanted some cheap media attention?

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20 COMMENTS

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1.

CharlieBronson    

Spain has crack

216 days ago
2.

robert    

Him, Tim Tebow and ARod are all making "serious" comebacks this year. Meanwhile, back in reality.....

216 days ago
3.

NeaJ    

His career is dunzo!

216 days ago
4.

Renny    

Fact 4: You are becoming a bully. Leave the man alone and let him live! I'm sure he's happy he will be free of your cameras for two months.

216 days ago
5.

intrigued    

Sadly, it seems like he doesn't know a life without playing, so logically he'll o.d.

216 days ago
6.

Steve     

why does TMC keep kissing the Kardashians ass? Leave thIs guy alone!

216 days ago
7.

boo boo    

Cocaine.....it's a helluva drug!

216 days ago
8.

SeanymakkFrmNy    

Shame people making money off someone's demons. They act like they don't have their own sins! Lamar is a chill dude and I'll rep for my fellow NY native all day , Ffff that Kard gold diggin clan..

215 days ago
9.

Sid    

Hey TMZ quit hating on Lamar. Sure he has his problems but your analysis shows your hate for the black man. Let him be.

215 days ago
10.

Alleged_Free    

STOP REPORTING ON SPORTS. YOU GUYS ALWAYS GET EVERYTHING WRONG!!!. Why would he sign a long deal with only 2 months left? ALL NBA players that play overseas have an opt out in their contracts so they can leave anytime. No NBA teams wanted him? Weird, that's why the Clippers brought him in. I bet he makes an NBA roster THIS season for a playoff push.

215 days ago
11.

AceSpade    

Why does Tmz like ruining people. Because he might be trying to do good again with his life, you degrade him and feed off of negative energy. Why do you people do this stuff? Does it make you feel good to feel slight power? Why do you not report on the Kardashian's being corrupt?

215 days ago
12.

RY    

That Krapdashian money you guys are getting must be really good.

215 days ago
13.

chris    

TMZ..stop hating on that man damn

215 days ago
14.

Machelle    

This article made about as much sense as Hammer pants.

215 days ago
15.

Teresa andrews    

I like Lamar. I hope he does well. He has problems and weaknesses, just like every person in the world.

215 days ago
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