Report: Odom wants to be free of the Clippers

Updated: August 10, 2003, 12:13 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - It appears Lamar Odom does not want to be stuck with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Miami Herald is reporting that Odom, a restricted free agent forward, plans to sign an offer sheet with the Miami Heat, and does not want the Clippers to match it.

"I just feel like this is my time and my place and my chance to get out of there," Odom told the newspaper.

Since Odom was selected fourth overall in 1999, the Clippers have been through four coaches and just hired their fifth, Mike Dunleavy. Apparently, Odom has had enough.

"I don't want to go through this again," Odom said. "I don't see myself playing for any other coach than (Miami's) Pat Riley next season."

Riley tried to pry All-Star forward Elton Brand away from the Clippers, but they matched the six-year, $82 million offer sheet. Now he is reportedly preparing a six-year offer sheet to Odom worth more than $65 million. But Odom will not sign it unless he gets an assurance from the Clippers that they will not match.

"I just want to get as far away from the Clippers as possible," Odom told the newspaper.

The Clippers initially offered Odom a three-year deal worth $24 million. He could sign a one-year qualifying offer of $3.9 million and become an unrestricted free agent next season.

The 6-10 Odom was suspended by the NBA early in his career for violation of the league's anti-drug policy. He began last season rehabilitating injuries from the previous campaign and averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 49 games.

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