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Old 04-09-12, 09:32 AM
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Lamar Odom, Mavs part ways

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Lamar Odom's brief and bumpy ride with the Dallas Mavericks has come to an abrupt end.

The Mavericks and Odom spent Easter Sunday working out a parting, according to sources close to the situation, that frees the struggling Odom to leave the team immediately without actually being released.


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.

-- Lamar Odom

"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.

Even if either side had pushed for a formal release, there is little upside to taking that step now with Odom ineligible to play in the playoffs with another team because he wasn't waived before the March 23 deadline. One source close to the 32-year-old told ESPN.com that the decision sets Odom up to "clear his head and start getting ready for next season" after his career-low numbers and minutes continued to dip as the season wore on.

Odom will not be at practice Monday, sources said, after he was given just four first-quarter minutes of playing time Saturday night in Memphis, accounting for the low point of a consistently rocky season in Dallas following his trade in December from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Odom's representatives pushed for the trade to Dallas after it became known that the Lakers had agreed to trade Odom to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets as part of a Chris Paul blockbuster that was ultimately vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern in his role as the Hornets' lead decision-maker.

Throughout Odom's season-long struggles to adapt to his new surroundings, Mavs officials and players have repeatedly expressed confidence that the former Laker could still be a playoff X-factor, pointing to the team's 0-7 record without him as evidence that his presence -- if only for the minute relief Odom gives star forward Dirk Nowitzki -- has helped the team on some level.

But exasperation with Odom's languid play reached an apparent breaking point in Memphis. Both coach Rick Carlisle and Nowitzki refused to discuss the Odom situation after Dallas' 94-89 defeat to the Grizzlies.

"No Lamar questions tonight," Carlisle told reporters.

The reality show that is Lamar Odom has ended in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Nowitzki, meanwhile, fielded questions for four minutes about his own struggles in the Memphis defeat -- including two late turnovers -- but ended the interview when asked about Odom.

"I'm done talking about that," Nowitzki said.

Associates of the veteran forward, meanwhile, have long maintained privately that his lack of a clear-cut role with the Mavericks -- where minutes behind Nowitzki are limited -- complicated the transition. Lakers star Kobe Bryant said as much after a game in Dallas recently, describing himself as "pleasantly surprised" that the Odom deal wasn't coming back to haunt his team.

"It's tough," Bryant said. "He comes to a team that's pretty much set, you know what I mean? So it's hard for him to find his niche. The fans, they don't really understand what he does or how he can do it, you know what I mean?

"I hope they don't unlock that mystery. I know. I know how to use him and to use his skill set and this, that and the other. But with this team, the roster that they had being pretty much set, it's tough for him to be able to find his groove here."

After declining to offer defensive anchor Tyson Chandler more than a one-year deal in the offseason to preserve future salary-cap flexibility, even after Chandler's pivotal role in the Mavericks' championship breakthrough last season, Dallas used the resulting trade exception created by Chandler's sign-and-trade move to the New York Knicks to bring Odom in with the idea that the parties could help each other greatly on a one-season basis.

Dallas was initially seen as an ideal destination for Odom to start over after the jolt of being discarded by the Lakers, but he began the season well short of peak condition after a tumultuous summer on a personal level and never quite caught up.

Left reeling by the July murder of his 24-year-old cousin and a fatal car accident days later that killed a teen pedestrian after the car he was riding in as a passenger collided with a motorcycle, Odom did almost no basketball training during the five-month lockout. The contrast in preparation to his final season with the Lakers was stark; Odom won NBA Sixth Man Award honors in 2010-11 after spending the bulk of the summer of 2010 with Team USA, often playing as a center for a squad that won the FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

Odom leaves the Mavericks averaging just 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game while shooting 35.2 percent from the field and 25.2 percent on 3-pointers, all career lows by some distance.

Unlike a leave Odom was granted just before the All-Star break, there are no plans to bring him back to the team this time, sources said.
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Old 04-09-12, 10:24 AM
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Old 04-09-12, 10:33 AM
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A very good basketball player who can't play for a team that actively trades for him? What was this disaster really about?
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Old 04-09-12, 11:05 AM
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Mavericks and Lamar Odom part ways for the rest of the season

Posted: 9:23 am April 09, 2012
Mavericks and Lamar Odom part ways for the rest of the season


From day one, Lamar Odom's time in Dallas hasn't worked out well. And it's coming to an end early.

Via ESPN.com, Odom and the Mavericks have agreed to mutually part ways with Odom leaving the team without actually being released.

"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."

According to the report, Odom will leave the team immediately and will just be listed as inactive for the remainder of the season, meaning Dallas could trade him after the playoffs during the draft. If anyone bites on Odom though, that team would have to buy him out for $2.4 million by June 29, otherwise they will take on his $8.2 million for the 2012-13 season. And a player that doesn't appear to have his heart in it anymore.

Odom left the Mavs earlier in the season for personal reasons, but returned to the team. That's not happening this time. The Mavs have clearly been frustrated with the Odom situation all season long as Rick Carlisle even boiled over at one point right after the All-Star break, calling out Odom's committment.

"When he comes back, we're going to find out very quickly where things are at," Carlisle said about Odom in early March. "He's going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he's in.

"I'm disappointed with the way the whole thing's gone. We've worked hard with this kid. I'm a patient guy, Mark is a patient guy, Donnie is a patient guy, our team is a patient team, but patience has worn thin here."

Patience finally ran out. After the Mavs lost to the Grizzlies on Saturday, Carlisle simply said, "No Odom questions." The team was obviously done with him then.

Odom considered retirement during the offseason after the murder of his 24-year-old cousin and then an accident where a teen pedestrian was killed after a car Odom was riding in hit a motorcycle. Odom, who was coming off maybe the best season of his career winning the Sixth Man of the Year award, did virtually no working out in preparation for the season.

Intitially, Odom was seen as a perfect fit for the Mavericks in their title defense. He was a natural backup to Dirk Nowitzki, added a ton of versatility off the bench and would help anchor the interior defense after losing Tyson Chandler. Odom's representatives even reportedly pushed for a trade to Dallas after the failed Chris Paul trade that sent Odom to New Orleans.

Obviously, for whatever reason, Odom's heart has just not been in it. He met with Carlisle to try and straighten things out. He was assigned to the D-League for a minute before being called back up. He left the team. He met with Carlisle and Mark Cuban some more. Nothing snapped him out of it. And with him clearly becoming a major distraction to the team as the Mavs prepare for the playoffs, they just told him to leave. They're fed up with him, and who could blame them.

Odom leaves the Mavericks averaging just 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game while shooting 35.2 percent from the field and 25.2 percent on 3-pointers, all career lows by quite a lot.

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Old 04-09-12, 11:26 AM
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............The reality show that is Lamar Odom has ended in Dallas-Fort Worth....
I guess the script called for him to die in the end.
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Old 04-09-12, 12:12 PM
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Wow.. Who ever saw that coming?

What a Crybaby!

Unbelievable
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Old 04-09-12, 12:34 PM
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I must commend the Mavs on having the balls to admit that they screwed up by getting Odom and cutting loose the deadweight. Not many organizations have the nuts to go that far.

Mavs did the right thing imo.

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Old 04-09-12, 12:45 PM
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I'm speechless.
. . . and this is why you don't have a reality TV show like Lamar.
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Old 04-09-12, 12:49 PM
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Look for him to be sucking off Mitch Kupcake all summer long and he signs a vet minimum contract with the Fakers on June 30th.
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His entire career has been marked by him being immature and not putting forth the effort on a consistent basis. Sad thing is, I bet within 10 years of him retiring, he'll be another one of those stories about someone who squandered away millions of dollars.
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Old 04-09-12, 01:41 PM
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Not long ago he had some pretty well documented substance abuse issues. I wonder if they have flared up again.
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Old 04-09-12, 02:02 PM
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so, wheres is the so called "best and most versatile frontcourt of the nba"?
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Not long ago he had some pretty well documented substance abuse issues. I wonder if they have flared up again.
Don't know if this is what you're talking about but Odom, also known as The Candy Man, is addicted to candy. I saw this when it aired a couple years ago. See the link below.

Dr. Amen discusses Lamar Odom's Candy addiction on ABC News - YouTube
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Old 04-09-12, 03:01 PM
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Look for him to be sucking off Mitch Kupcake all summer long and he signs a vet minimum contract with the Fakers on June 30th.
I doubt the Lakers would want him back. But there is always the Clippers!!!!

I can see him back to the Clippers.
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Yeah, I don't think the Lakers want him back.

Of course, that all depends on what you mean by the "Lakers." Kobe seems to want him back. I'm sure the coach and FO would rather trade Andrew Bynum for Dejuan Blair than take back Lamar.
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it's a shame how his career is playing out. he just wants to play for the Lakers, the same team that traded him for a pick and nothing back in significance. it will really be a blow to the Lakers locker room if a guy comes in and takes a spot from a guy who's earned it (like a guy who gets re-signed next year who's played well on the team this year).

i can see the Celtics wanting to sign him next year (they want to sign everyone), but if the Lakers don't want him, i see this story ending sadder than how it is right now.
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He can't sign with the Lakers until 2013.
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Old 04-09-12, 03:32 PM
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Katyspursfan, you say he can't sign with the Lakers till 2013. Do you mean because of his contract status? Looks like he will be used as a pseudo-expiring contract in a trade this summer, or cut then. That would enable him to resign with the Lakers this summer.

I don't see it happening, but it's possible.
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Katyspursfan, you say he can't sign with the Lakers till 2013. Do you mean because of his contract status? Looks like he will be used as a pseudo-expiring contract in a trade this summer, or cut then. That would enable him to resign with the Lakers this summer.

I don't see it happening, but it's possible.
Since it is a partially guaranteed contract, different rules may apply.
In general, a player can't sign with the trading team until the contract had expired (or would have without a buyout).

To be honest, I haven't seen anything about a player traded multiple times. Is he forbidden from re-signing with all the teams? I would think yes, but I'm not positive.
Maybe it's only the last team, prior to the player not finishing out the contract.

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yea his substance abuse problems have resurfaced. just like boris diaw and stephen jackson had in their teams causing them to get shoved in the bench and called 'fat' and unmotivated.
i mean after all, he does have history of substance abuse problems. its the only reasonable explanation.

spurs got stephen jackson and diaw clean from their substance abuse problems and fixed FAST! wow.

i mean, maybe sometimes some players dont fit in w/ certain teams and coaches coaches got their own issues w/ some players.
but unlikely jst this. back on the crack that odom.
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