Friday, March 2, 2012 , Updated 12:00 p.m., March 3, 2012
UPDATED: Dallas Mavericks player Lamar Odom downgraded to development league, brought back up
He will be in a Mavs uniform Saturday night at the AAC.
UPDATE: The Dallas Mavericks sent Lamar Odom to the development league on Friday and then brought him back to the Mavericks on Saturday.
Lamar Odom, the Dallas Mavericks player who won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been assigned to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' development league housed in Frisco.
Odom has averaged just 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, the team reports. He had missed three games with the Mavericks because his father was sick in California. His first game back, he'll have to play in the d-league. He's scheduled to play in the Texas Legends' Saturday, March 3 game against the Austin Toros at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.
ESPN Dallas reports that the downgrade was Odom's idea. The transition will "ease Odom back into the fold after his weeklong personal leave," ESPN reported.
They also indicated that some of Odom's team members displayed a potential lack of trust in Odom. ESPN quotes Jason Kidd as saying: "Trust factor is always big. For that, he's going to have to earn it with a lot of the guys. But we all give second chances, third chances. For that, we just want him to be him and be comfortable and play."
A story on NBCDFW says that some have speculated that Odom isn't happy in Dallas and is looking for a buyout.
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