With rumors swirling that the Dallas Mavericks could end up cutting ties with Lamar Odom — he recently left the team due to personal reasons — Mark Cuban says that there’s no way that happens anytime soon. From ESPN: ” Lamar Odom did not report back to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday and coach Rick Carlisle did not give a timetable for the forward’s return. Odom left the team last Wednesday to attend to his ill father in Los Angeles, a source confirmed. Odom missed the Mavs’ loss to his former team, the Lakers, and apparently won’t be in uniform when Dallas resumes the regular season at home Tuesday night against the New Jersey Nets. ‘Lamar is not here today,’ Carlisle said Monday. ‘He is still dealing with a family matter and the hope is he’ll join us soon, and we’ll update you when there’s an update.’ Amid rumors that Odom might not return to the Mavericks and a midseason buyout could be a possibility, owner Mark Cuban [said]: ‘We haven’t discussed a buyout and we wouldn’t do a buyout. No chance that happens at all. We want to help Lamar work through any personal issues and expect him to be a valuable contributor to the Mavs this season. Players go through challenges from time to time and we try to be (an) organization that fully supports our players when things are challenging for them. We will do the same for Lamar.’”