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Mavs vote not to give Odom playoff share; but you can trade for him

May 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks are going to get a little playoff money — not much at all considering their first round sweep — but Lamar Odom isn’t going to see any of it.

Mavericks teammates voted not to give Odom a share of the team’s playoff money, reports the Star-Telegram.

That’s because the Mavs players voted Sunday not to give Odom a share of the playoff money they earned this season.

Instead, the Mavs decided to split their pool of money for finishing with the seventh-best record in the Western Conference and making the playoffs with the remaining 14 players on their roster. With the total pot being $281,937, that means each player will receive $20,138.32.

It speaks to how the Mavs players feel about Odom, but to me it’s also fair. He was happy to walk away from the team to help get his head on straight. It’s about effort — if guy 14 on the bench doesn’t have the talent to contribute much but he shows up to every practice and puts in the effort, if he is there when called on he has been part of the team. Was Odom really ever part of the Mavs?

Dallas let him walk away from the team but they did not release him — they still have him under contract. Which has one more year on it at $8.3 million, but he can be bought out for $2.4 million if you do it by June 29.

June 29 is one day after the NBA draft, and the Mavericks are shopping Odom around now for a draft-day trade, reports ESPNDallas.com.

Expect him to get moved and bought out and become a free agent. Then, wherever he signs next year (I would be a place he is comfortable having played there before, one of the two Los Angeles teams or Miami) he will play well again. His head will be back on right. And Mavs fans will be even more ticked off.

  1. noirad - May 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Uh-oh he is about to be even more emotional for next season now. -__-
    hahahaha!

  2. Chris Fiorentino - May 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    What a no-class scumbag. He’s married to a Kardashian though, so what would I have expected. I’m glad they voted not to give this POS a share.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    All this stuff Dallas did was done to keep him from returning to LA.

    • birdsflynorth206 - May 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      He can’t go back to the Lakers until December because it has to be a year from when you were traded. And i doubt the clippers have the cap space left to sign him.

      • jnichols1210 - May 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        The Mavs will buy him out, therefore he will become a free agent, and can sign with anyone….including the Lakers…there is always a loop hole somewhere, he’ll be Laker next year and will play well…guarantee it.

  4. drunkenjunk - May 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Odom should then distribute this year’s salary to the rest of those teammates.

    • mightyquinn69 - May 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      If it were your 8 million. Whould you split it among those team mates? If the answer is yes, than you are truly a damn fool!

      • drunkenjunk - May 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        I was being sarcastic. Because of how horrible he was this year and how he showed no effort. His teammates deserve it more than he does. Do you understand what I was saying now?

  5. rexismybff - May 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Just another no-talent guy who rode the coattails of a superstar like Kobe or Jordan for his 15 minutes of fame.

    Think about it – if Lamar plays for Minnesota the past six years, does anyone even know his name?

    How long till he and Rick Fox are sitting together courtside at Laker games, trying to hang out with Nicholson and trying to relive the glory days when they rode sidecar with NBA stars with real ability?

    • mightyquinn69 - May 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      LO, not talent? Are you serious? Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth closed, because it’s obvious that you have no clue to what you are talking about.

  6. chargerdillon - May 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    People keep forgetting the Lakers let him go for virtually nothing in return for him. They let last yeras 6th man of the year just kick rocks, and you think after he looks like a complete mental midget to the rest of the league, the Lakers now want him back?

    Anybody who’s taking a chance on Odom now is doing so out of desperation. Lamar I used to like you, but you married a big fat ***** and then became a big fat *****

  7. chitownmatt - May 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Who here agrees that the NBA needs to institute a “No Reality Show Stars” policy???

  8. bearsstillsuck - May 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    You not only lost, but got embarrassed. I fail to see how they earned any money besides their normal salary.

    • Kurt Helin - May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      NBA players salaries officially are only for the regular season, they get no money during training camp and the playoffs. However, there is a league bonus pool for teams that make the playoffs. For a guy like Dirk, even when you win the title the bonus money is insignificant, but for the guys at the bottom of the food chain it’s still $20K (or more if they win).

  9. redblue560 - May 8, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Just wondering why the Mavs did not get him a shrink. Maybe they did not see this as a mental case from the start that went downhill.

    If a team just let me go like that, I would surely do my best to be a better player and make them regret a bad business decision when we meet at the conference finals.

  10. lgwelsh1 - May 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    A year ago Lamar won the NBA sixth man of the year award. The guy can play ball. We all know what happened this year, he was all caught up in the reality TV and got traded w/o warning after being in LA for years, had family problems ect ect. He got overwhelmed and is now trying to get it back together.

    He still has plenty left in the tank, he needs to sort out his priorities which I think he is trying to do.

  11. davidcl77 - May 9, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    He’s an overpaid baby who is married to a Hollywood twit. No wonder he has no heart. I wouldn’t want him screwing up my team. The Mavs pay him $8 million and he pouts. Nuff said.

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