Clippers meet with Odom, signing unlikely for now
NOV 16, 2013 5:40p ET
"I just wanted to see him physically and see how he was doing," Rivers said Saturday night before the Clippers faced the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center. "He looked good. He looked great."
But any interest level remains tepid for now, perhaps until the Clippers can assess Odom’s ability to work himself into playing shape. They have a spot available on their roster and could use another big man who can grab rebounds and be a scorer inside.
"I've always had interest in him," Rivers said. "I think I've stated that from day one. I’ve always liked him. The teams he's played on and the coaches who have coached him have always liked him. But honestly, it really didn't go much further than that."
Odom, 34, had a rocky offseason that included allegations of drug use and an arrest in August on a DUI charge. With the Clippers, he played in 82 games but produced a career low 4.0 points per game.
Asked where he and Odom left their conversation, Rivers said, "Great seeing you. But that was it for me. Obviously, I do like him, but right now it was just me sitting down (with him). We've texted each other a couple of times, but that was it. I just wanted to get in front of him."
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