Los Angeles Notes: Lakers, Howard, Odom

Chris Kaman wasn't exactly what Lakers fans had in mind this summer, but he'll help man the middle after the departure of Dwight Howard.  Mitch Kupchak & Co. agreed to sign the former Clipper to a one-year, $3.18MM deal earlier today.  Kaman had multiple suitors this summer but reportedly was excited about the idea of returning to Southern California.  Here's more on the Lakers..

  • After losing Howard, Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com wonders where the Lakers go from here.  While they'll have quite the challenge ahead of them, it's something that the club has long been prepared for.  Shelburne writes that the relationship had become so toxic between D12 and the team that some Lakers officials were almost as afraid of what would happen if he decided to stay as the fallout if he left.
  • The Lakers are still interested in signing Lamar Odom, but today's signing of Kaman means that they only have the veteran's minimum to work with, Shelburne tweets.
  • The Clippers announced that they have hired Alvin Gentry as an associate head coach. He'll be on Doc Rivers' staff along with Kevin Eastman and Tyronn Lue.
  • Earlier tonight, we learned that the Lakers will use the amnesty provision to trim Metta World Peace's contract.

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