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Report: Odom asked Mavericks to buy him out last month

Mar 19, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen AP

Lamar Odom is not a player that does a great job compartmentalizing his personal life from basketball. What happens off the court impacts him on it.

With a host of personal issues — a car he was riding in last summer hitting and killing a boy in New York, a health scare with his father, being traded — it has been a tough year for Odom.

And it has showed on the court — he is having a career low in points per game, shooting percentage, pretty much everything which has led to a PER 9.5 that is more what you expect to see in a D-League call up, not a Sixth Man of the Year.

Odom is confused that led to him asking for a buyout, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo.

His commitment also has been questioned: Odom sought a buyout from the Mavericks last month, but was rebuffed by owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson, a league source said.

Dallas has backed Odom because, well, what choice do it really have? They got him to provide some of the depth they had to let go for cap space reasons. If the Mavericks are going to make any kind of serious playoff run they are going to need Odom, who has shown flashes of his old self lately. But he’s still got a long way to go, he’s not the dangerous, versatile player the Lakers could count on in heat of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Odom sounds like a guy still trying to find his footing.

“I’m just trying to understand life, really,” Odom said. “You think somebody got it bad and then you turn on the news and read about somebody else’s situation, and they got it just as bad, if not worse, than you do. There is still a lot to smile about even with the trials and tribulations.

“I’m one of those dudes who feel like I go through it for a reason. The reason is to make me better.”

  1. pop562 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Odom, come back to the lakers next season. you bring a lot of depth to the lakers bench.

    • kobe8nyo24face - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Lamar…you will always be a Laker to me bro! Don’t ever give up…keep the faith! You will find your way and your mojo in due time! Your the man and a beast on the court! Blow off all the haters and do you!!

  2. rodge1 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Come back to Miami Lamar.

  3. cakemixa - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Softest athlete in the history of sports. Never seen such a sensitive dude.

  4. thraiderskin - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    This guy needs help, neither basketball nor his wife seems to be helping. Until he finds his way mentally/emotionally, he is not going to help anyone.

    • ihavecomplaints - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      After getting married (2009), all he did was win another title (2010) and then have his best season ever (2011). The “blame the Kardashians” theory doesn’t hold up.

      • thraiderskin - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        I’m not blaming the Kardashian’s for his slump… I’m blaming all the stuff that hit the fan for Odom’s issues and niether basketball nor his own wife is helping, hell she is only interested in making a buck off the drama at this point.

  5. jonirocit - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Yeah they should let his wife take his place . This whole kardashian clan ruining society

    • tk41 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      You seen the shoulders on Khloe? She’d be a beast on the glass.

  6. cheers4ablumpkin - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    He needs to sign with the wizards. Wall+nene+odom=back to the playoff next year

  7. bearsstillsuck - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Yeah, only some people has it as bad as him.

  8. pl4tinum514 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Dude has a great life, personal problems aside. Famous, rich, etc. Get over it bro. Be a man. Put your name on it. Don’t be afraid of it.

  9. somekat - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Learn to use the English language
    “Odom is confused that led to him asking for a buyout” doesn’t mean anything

    “Dallas has backed Odom because, well, what choice do it really have” again means nothing. What choice does it really have, or what choice do they really have would make sense

    I’m going to skip the half dozen occasions where you felt typing the word “the” was just too taxing, and it turned the sentence in to garbage

    I swear, every time you write up some dribble, it looks like they let a 10 year old loose on a keyboard and told him to rant about how bad the players are treated

  10. gmsalpha - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I agree with Kat. Kurt, your writing is awful. Unfortunately he no doubt never reads comments so he’ll keep throwing up this drivel.

    As for Lamar, the Mavs should just hold on to him, even if he doesn’t play. You can’t let him go because he’ll rejoin the Lakers next season and be back to his old self. It’s my opinion that he demanded a trade from the Lakers out of a temporary emotional breakdown and probably regretted it immediately, but he’s not one to consider long-term ramifications. He wants to be a Laker but messed it up and now Cuban is smart to pay him if only to keep him off L.A’s team.

  11. alan82386 - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Get though it Odom

  12. xeno75 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    isn’t this the same crap report that got called out as false last month?

  13. narlo00 - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Man the F up.. You are getting paid millions of dollars to play a game.. Quit crying..

    • narlo00 - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      lakers and mavs play Wednesday.. Let’s see what kind of BS “illness” he comes up with to sit this one out.. Might as well just say its that time of the month..

  14. tsi431 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    That Lakers trade for a 1st rounder looks better, and better, every day. Get rid of Fisher’s contract and get back Jordan Hill, for basically Lamar Odom, simply amazing.

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