Skip to content

Report: Odom meets with Cuban, will return to Mavs soon

Mar 1, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter AP

Personal issues surrounding an illness with his father have kept Lamar Odom away from the Mavericks since before the All-Star break.

But it’s more than just that — the entire fit with Dallas has been poor this season. Odom has not seemed happy and he is not one of those players who can compartmentalize his life and game — how he feels off the court bleeds over on the court.

Odom sat down and met with owner Mark Cuban Wednesday to map out his return to the Mavericks and to productivity, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. A return that could happen by this weekend.

While the team was in Memphis Wednesday, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban met in Dallas with Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, to work on a timetable that would ease Odom back after his weeklong personal leave, perhaps as soon as this weekend.

Cuban has said the Mavs will not buy out Odom’s deal, and befitting a player-friendly owner Cuban has said Odom can have as much time as he needs to work out his personal issues.

If Dallas is going to make any kind of magical playoff run again, it’s going to need Odom. And not this year’s 7.7 points per game on 35.7 percent shooting Odom, either. They need to have last season’s Sixth Man of the Year, 14.4 points on 53 percent shooting, incredibly versatile Odom back. The best player in the NBA at grabbing the rebound and then leading the break. The matchup nightmare.

Odom has not been comfortable this season from the time he learned the Lakers were close to trading him in the Chris Paul deal (that was killed by the league). He is not a guy who can just easily put those kinds of things aside and play. But the Mavs have to find a way to make him comfortable soon.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Sixers to select D’Angelo Russell in 2015 NBA Draft

    Apr 26, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ohio State v Indiana AP

    “He’s the guy they want,” the report says.

  2. LaMarcus Aldridge flew back to Portland after Game 2 loss while rest of Blazers stayed in Memphis

    Apr 26, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Players were given the option by the team’s GM, but Aldridge — who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer — was the only one who chose to leave.

  3. Grizzlies start fast, hang on to beat Portland, take 3-0 series lead

    Apr 26, 2015, 2:37 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three Getty Images

    Memphis’ offense was the best it has looked this series.

  4. Bucks outwork Bulls, stay alive on Jerryd Bayless game-winner

    Apr 25, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics Getty Images

    Milwaukee forced 26 Chicago turnovers, a season high.

  5. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25K for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 loss to Rockets

    Apr 25, 2015, 2:29 PM EDT

    Sean Corbin, Rick Carlisle Sean Corbin, Rick Carlisle

    “The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place,” Carlisle said.

Featured video

Stephen Curry starting to define playoff legacy
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. C. Parsons (4551)
  2. R. Rondo (4264)
  3. D. Lee (4068)
  4. K. Durant (3974)
  5. N. Mirotic (3965)
  1. J. Holiday (3762)
  2. K. Bryant (3686)
  3. T. Parker (3654)
  4. P. George (3637)
  5. A. Afflalo (3581)