Lakers forward Lamar Odom showed up more than 90 minutes late for Los Angeles' first workout of training camp on Friday, and then left early after a meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Odom apparently is still upset about the Lakers' aborted attempt to trade him in a megadeal for Chris Paul. He arrived and left without practicing or speaking to reporters on what's sure to be an awkward opening day of camp.
Pau Gasol, the four-time All-Star forward also included in the deal, showed up and participated in the Lakers' first workout under new coach Mike Brown at their training complex, even amid reports the three teams involved in the squashed trade had opened discussions again.
Odom was thought to be headed to New Orleans in the deal for Paul, the Hornets' superstar point guard, until Commissioner David Stern blocked the deal for what a league spokesman called “basketball reasons.” Gasol was expected to be moved to Houston in a deal that would have reconfigured the Lakers' roster less than three weeks before their Christmas season opener against Chicago.
After the NBA flattened the deal Thursday night, the Lakers are trying to get on with preparations for the season even while two of their key players have uncertain futures. The 16-time NBA champions' threepeat bid ended last spring with a second-round sweep by Dallas.
Los Angeles also signed veteran shooter Jason Kapono and draft picks Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock on Friday.
Odom was the NBA's sixth man of the year last season, and the veteran big man has spent all but one season of his 12-year career with Los Angeles' two NBA teams. He's also at the nexus of Hollywood's love affair with the Lakers, given his marriage to Khloe Kardashian and their reality show.
“When a team trades u and it doesn't go down? Now what?” Odom tweeted Thursday night.
Gasol has played in three NBA finals and won two titles since the Lakers acquired him in early 2008. Although he's among the NBA's best big men, some Lakers fans soured on the Spanish national team star for his dismal play down the stretch last season.
If the Lakers empty their enviable frontcourt depth in a deal for Paul, they could face a difficult start to the year when the Bulls visit to start a stretch of five games in seven days. Starting center Andrew Bynum is suspended for those first five games for his bad behavior in the final game of the Lakers' playoff loss to Dallas.
Kapono, the former UCLA star from nearby Artesia, joined his sixth NBA team by signing with the Lakers. The two-time 3-Point Shootout winner earned a championship ring with the Miami Heat in 2007, contributing valuable spot-up 3-point shooting.
The Lakers' perimeter shooting was spotty down the stretch last season, with the club struggling to find a dependable 3-point specialist since trading Sasha Vujacic.