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Lamar Odom, Mavericks reach deal for him to leave team

Apr 9, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

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Lamar Odom will not suit up for the Dallas Mavericks again, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

After a bumpy season, Odom and the Mavericks have reached a deal where they can go their separate ways and Dallas will list him as inactive for the rest of the season.

“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”

Sources said Monday that Odom’s departure will be immediate and that the Mavericks intend to simply list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of outright releasing him, leaving open the possibility that they could still trade him after the season in conjunction with the draft. Any team that has Odom on its roster as of June 29 must buy him out by that date for $2.4 million or otherwise accept responsibility for the full $8.2 million that Odom is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.

Odom was not part of the Mavericks rotations anymore — he played just four minutes against Memphis — and was a distraction more than a help. Odom, last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, had earned the ire of Mavericks faithful with his erratic play and lack of focus. Odom could never figure out his role on the Mavericks, and when and how he was used changed due to his play, creating a downward spiral.

In the off-season, Odom had to deal with the death of his cousin then, while back in New York around the funeral, a car he was a passenger in struck and killed a 15-year-old boy. Odom is an sensative guy and didn’t really play any ball during the lockout with all that going on. Before the season Odom was almost traded by the Lakers as part of a deal that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers, a deal eventually killed by David Stern. That move shocked the emotional Odom, and after he met with Lakers management the team agreed to move him and traded him to Dallas for little more than a trade exception.

But Odom never fit in for the Mavs, averaging 6.6 points on 35 percent shooting. He was a shell of his former self. He drew the ire of fans (and at times teammates). So the Mavericks have decided to cut bait.

To be clear — Odom cannot sign with another team this season. One way or another, some team will use the $2.4 million buyout on his deal next June and he will be a free agent. From there a number of team — Laker and Heat among them — become possibilities.

  1. fightem27 - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Boston Celtics should pickup Odom that is if the conditions are right.

  2. nicosanchez02 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    fouldwimmerlaik – Apr 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    He is going to go home and take a nap on his big fluffy wife for a few months

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    I’m still LMAO, well played sir!!! Funny $h&!t

  3. lakerluver - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Screw you Mavs fans who are piling on the guy!! He never wanted to leave the LAKERS, he lost his mom, child, AND was involved in an accident where someone was killed!! Any one of you clowns would be a basket case right now, just like it appears Odom is. The Mavs with or without him are a one hit wonder anyway. Enjoy your one title because it’ll probably be the last one you’ll see for awhile!!!!!

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Go screw yourself lakerluver, you make your fan base look bad. So what if he never wanted to leave the Lakers or lost his mom. A lot of other players have the same stuff happen and keep playing. They don’t just quit. I’m sure most of us here have had worse things happen and still after a few days/week at most you gotta go back to work or you won’t have a job. You can have him back next year, when he really won’t be worth a damn.

  4. donfelder440 - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Where does it say Lamar lost his kid? I didn’t see that anywhere. At any rate, most working people, including relatively well-to-do ones like lawyers and doctors, cannot afford to pout, grieve, or whatever the case may be for an entire year, over personal circumstances (however severe or tragic) while neglecting their professional obligations. This clown got paid to mail it in. It’s bogus.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    sad thing is, odom still has 5 good years left… hope he can turn it around….

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