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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 “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. cakemixa - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Is this some kind of move to add drama to his reality show?

    • therealhtj - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Nope, it’s the move us Lakers fans told you Mavs fans you’d end up with. Those of us who’ve had the “pleasure” of following LO’s helter skelter career saw this coming.

      Extended, Long Layoff + Trade + emotional fragility + Lot’s of sticky icky in a no drug testing summer = a completely worthless LO on the downside of his career.

      At least Cuban made sure to stick it to the Lakers a little by refusing to release LO outright, and just shutting him down for the season. Lakers really shouldn’t look to resign dude unless it’s for Vet’s minimum.

      • tsi431 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        I am almost positive that the Laker’s can’t sign him anyway, even if he was released, its in the CBA. Same as Fisher when he was traded. Every other team can, just not the team that traded him.

      • zacksdad - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Agreed with above;

        • 2005 CBA: If a player is traded and subsequently waived by his new team, he cannot re-sign with his original team for 30 days (during the season) or 20 days (during the offseason) following the trade.

        • 2011 CBA: If a player is traded and subsequently waived by his new team, he cannot re-sign with his original team for one year following the trade or until July 1 after the last season of the player’s contract, whichever is earlier.

        • Who benefits? The tighter salary-matching rules in the 2005 agreement often required the addition of ballast (extra players thrown in for salary matching purposes) to make a trade legal. These players were often unwanted and unneeded once the trade was complete, and were waived soon after the trade was consummated — often finding their way back to the team that traded them after a short vacation. For example, the Cavs sent Zydrunas Ilgauskas to the Wizards as part of their 2010 trade for Antawn Jamison. The Wizards waived him a week later, and he subsequently re-signed with the Cavs for the remainder of the season.

        The relaxation of trade rules should reduce — but not eliminate — the need for trade ballast. When it does occur, this rule change will prevent the team from reacquiring the player in the same season. This is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it will eliminate these wink-wink deals where players are traded with the full expectation of returning later. On the other hand, it might create a situation where an able-bodied player is unable to work in the league, because the only team that has an available roster spot and is willing to sign him is prevented from signing him.

      • therealhtj - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Still not entirely clear. LO will undoubtedly be bought out before his contract becomes fully guaranteed for 2012-13 by whomever holds his rights. LO is NOT being waived, he’s being bought out. As is in his contract. He should be an Unrestricted Free Agent free to sign with whomever he chooses.

  2. drunkenjunk - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Lazy, sack of S$%^.

  3. cidminion - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I tell you what its sad to see a grown ass man act like a child. Especially when making close to 9 million dollars. At least he has more time to spend with Khloe. In tomorrow’s news, Lamar Odom realized he married a man..

  4. allball23 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Odom is so soft. Everybody has problems, basketball should help you get away from your problems. Just play and have fun. Lakers traded you get over it.

  5. raidmagic - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    It’s a sham for him to use the word teammates, guys that are a part of a team don’t each other like that. If you are anyone other than the Lakers why would you go within 10′ of this guy

  6. jumbossportsblog - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  7. sabanissatan - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    what would happen if he had real problems in his life, like wondering how he’s gonna pay the bills/rent… a joke thats lucky he is tall and talented

  8. sabanissatan - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    send him to orlando, maybe stan van can boost his confidence

  9. storebrandcookies - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I haven’t been this happy since the Mavs traded for Odom.

  10. buboy4life - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    That’s sorry he I used to like him as a player, but the way he handled this whole situation was just a bit over the top for me IMO

  11. 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.

  12. charlutes - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Odom is the least likeable athlete alive. He has no competitive drive, he coasts on his physical gifts, has no toughness, doesn’t seem to care about winning…basically he’s a poor mans Vince Carter. I’d rather have a rotten turd as my backup SF.

  13. rexismybff - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I feel sorry for Cuban and the rest of those poor billionaire owners — $10 million a year does NOT buy what it used to!

    Now Cuban, please be a good billionaire and go buy my Pittsburgh Pirates – so we can massively overpay for free agents like Fielder and Pujols and get ourselves back in contention.

  14. davidly - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I wish him luck.

  15. rajbais - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Go run to Khloe now!!!!

    What waste of talent for Dallas!!!

  16. bjtmeyer - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Good riddance!

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    There’s a certain guy in Miami with slicked back hair who is the main guy in charge of a certain basketball team. This guy I’m speaking of? He has always loved Lamar Odom. Not judging. Just sayin’.

  18. Ted - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    So the Mavericks have decided to cut bait.
    I don’t think that expression means what you think it means.

  19. dysraw1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    yo i hate to say it but we need bigs right about now

  20. pellypell - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    This guy gives new meaning to the term “Candy Ass”.

  21. dysraw1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Lamar to stand in for STAT for a few plays

  22. dysraw1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Lamar Odom can do a lot of things on the floor he just didn’t have the inclination to do them for the Mav’s

  23. dman6015 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    This happened for one reason and one reason only. Mrs. Odom was not happy with the move to Dallas. She probably would have been OK with an LA to NY move, but NOT Dallas. She’s probably been b******* in his ear the entire time. So it was either his career or his wife. Looks like he went for the latter, which is a smart move personally, but not professionally.

  24. metalhead65 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    what really sucks is this douche gets paid millions not to do his job. why do teams bother putting any type of clauses in contracts if they are unable to enforce them? he should have been suspended without pay until he got over whatever personal issues he had. something tells me he would have been over them in about 24 hours if he was not getting paid. I can see giving him a leave over his dad’s health but everything else? wish I had been given the talent to get paid millions whether I felt like playing or not.

  25. fightem27 - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Boston Celtics should pick up Lamar Odom that is if the terms and conditions are right

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