Former NBA star Lamar Odom signs 2-month contract with Spain's Baskonia club
This March 26, 2013, file photo, shows Los Angeles Clippers' Lamar Odom during an NBA basketball game in Dallas. (AP / Brandon Wade)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:25AM EST
VITORIA, Spain -- Former NBA star Lamar Odom has agreed to a short-term deal with Spanish basketball club Baskonia.
The former Los Angeles Lakers forward has a two-month contract, the club said on Tuesday.
Odom, an NBA free agent who hasn't played since finishing out last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, is filling a roster spot that opened up because of injury. Baskonia said the deal includes an option to extend the contract until the close of the season.
Odom, 34 and a two-time NBA champion with the Lakers who has also played for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, was expected in the Basque capital of Vitoria this week, and could make his debut on Saturday against Valladolid.
Baskonia was ninth in the 18-team Spanish league and last in its Euroleague group, with a match against fellow Spanish club Barcelona on Thursday.
The 2.09-meter (6-foot-10) power forward averaged a career-low 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds last season with the Clippers.
Off-court distractions seemed to consume him after last season as he was arrested for drunken driving last summer before getting divorced from wife Khloe Kardashian, who he starred with in a reality television show, in December.
Odom trades Los Angeles and Hollywood for Vitoria, a medieval city which is the equivalent size of Birmingham, Alabama.