Free-agent big man Lamar Odom could be ready for an NBA return as early as mid-January, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
Odom just completed two weeks of "strenuous" workouts with trainer Rob McClanaghan, who also works with NBA stars Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose. However, Odom didn't do any contact basketball drills and is now awaiting word on the next step in his NBA comeback.
The Los Angeles Clippers have shown interest in bringing back Odom and invited him to their practice facility in November. While the 34-year-old isn't ready to play right now, the Clippers will continue to monitor his progress.
Odom began his career with the Clippers and spent all of last season with the team. The veteran big man played in all 82 games, but he averaged just 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 39.9 percent from the field. The year before that, Odom spent one disastrous season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Odom is trying to make a return to the NBA following a tumultuous summer that included a DUI arrest, a marriage breakup and other incidents.