Someday soon, Jared Dudley will likely be a first-time teammate of Lamar Odom's on a Los Angeles Clippers team that appears ready to give the embattled forward a second chance.

For now, though, Dudley is just like the rest of us: curious about how Odom is doing and eager to see if he has what it takes to make the most unexpected of recoveries. Upon hearing that Odom was working out this week at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, with renowned trainer Rob McClanaghan, Dudley realized that he had an inside source who could give him the scoop on how Odom was looking.

Preston Murphy – who played with Odom at URI, was later on the staff at Boston College during Dudley's days there and is now the assistant coach at URI who helped Odom gain access to the team's facilities – would be getting a phone call from Dudley very soon.

"Everyone who was here (with the Clippers last season) has always told me (that) Lamar was a good guy, a great locker room guy – funny, never complained – even with the struggles," Dudley, who came to the Clippers via trade during the summer, told USA TODAY Sports before their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. "His struggle was getting in shape and getting motivated. I think that once he got in the season, he was motivated, they said. The only thing I've heard is he's a good guy. That's the honest truth. It seemed like, when he came into the locker room (during a visit at the team's facility on Friday), when he was high-fiving every guy, like he was a good personality."

As for whether Dudley foresees Odom joining the Clippers, he told USA TODAY Sports, "Oh, 100%." Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn't willing to confirm nor deny such a sentiment, but he did acknowledge that his two-hour meeting with Odom was a positive step forward in their potential relationship. The first-year Clippers coach had no prior relationship with Odom, so he brought him in to get his own sense of his well-being and discuss how this pairing might work after Odom's tumultuous summer.