Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 3/29/12
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The Los Angeles Lakers traded away franchise mainstays Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom in the span of less than four months this season. While feelings were certainly hurt by those moves, there is a chance both guys could be back with the team next season.

A source has told NBA.com that Kobe Bryant is planning to recruit both Fisher and Odom to return to the Lakers next year. It’s uncertain whether either of them would be receptive to such a move, but given that they both loved their time in Los Angeles, it isn’t hard to imagine them coming back.

Bryant will reportedly use his close friendship with each guy to convince them to return to the Lakers.

Fisher is currently logging bench minutes for the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Odom has been a huge disappointment since being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in December.

The 37-year-old Fisher will be a free agent this summer. Odom’s deal is not fully-guaranteed for next season and it has become increasingly clear that the Mavs will waive him, making the 32-year-old a free agent.

Given how both guys have played this season, it’s likely the Lakers could sign each of them for the veteran’s minimum. The Lakers have been looking to cut salary, so getting two solid veteran bench players for essentially nothing would certainly appeal to the franchise.

I really think this could actually happen if Bryant goes into full recruiting mode.

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