Monday, April 9, 2012
Lamar Odom no longer a Dallas Maverick
He wasn't traded or released -- he'll just be inactive for the rest of the season.
The season-long nightmare that was the tenure of Dallas Mavericks' forward Lamar Odom appears to be over. ESPN Dallas reports that the Mavericks and Odom have agreed to deactivate him for the rest of the season. The Mavericks won't release Odom as they'd like to keep open the (farfetched) option of trading him after the season is over.
Thus ends what could possibly go down as one of the worst trades in Mavericks history. When Odom first arrived in December, he seemed to be a great addition for a team that had parted with integral players like Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. Odom had just come off a season in which he won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he never came close to that level with the Mavericks, averaging only 6.6 points and 20.5 minutes per game. Odom seemed disconnected throughout his stint here, even being sent down to the Mavericks' D-League affiliate in Frisco in early March. The final straw appears to have come in the Mavericks' 94-89 loss at Memphis on Saturday, in which Odom only played four minutes and did not score.
Ironically, Odom's departure from the team comes just as the E! reality show that bears his name, Khloe & Lamar, is digging into the beginning of his stay in Dallas. In the latest episode, Odom is shown performing poorly in one of his first home games, a sight that became all-too familiar as the season wore on.
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