One source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com the four-year deal
is worth $33 million if the Lakers exercise the final season.
One source close to the process said Odom will come away with a
guaranteed $27 million from the new contract, matching the original
value of the three-year, $27 million deal Lakers owner Jerry Buss
pulled off the table earlier this month.
Looks like Dr. Buss won this staring contest. The reason? Odom had nowhere else to go. The Miami offer (5 years, $34 million) was nowhere close.
I give the Lakers credit. They resigned a key free agent at reasonable money.