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Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  69 responses

Lamar Odom, Dallas Mavericks Mutually Agree to Part Ways


The Lamar Odom Era in Dallas has come to an abrupt, unfortunate end. The team has agreed for the struggling forward to walk away for the remainder of the season. Reports ESPN: “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. ‘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 said 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. [...] 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. 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.”

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  • Well DAYUM

    It never stops with this guy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    Really disappointed in Lamar, never seen a player let the “business” of the NBA affect him so much.

  • abaci

    Wow. It’s too bad he couldn’t get his mind right and just play ball. I guess he has to have a perfect situation in place for him to produce.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Come home LO, come home. ;)

  • Jimmers

    He seems really hurt by that trade. He’s really taking it very hard. Crazy. All things considered that was a horrible trade. They really should have got rid of Pau Gasoft

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Lamar’s situation was tough! A vet being traded from a team you believed had the utmost belief in you is rough mentally for some people. It is a business though, and LO seems like he’s forgotten that. Good luck to him though. Hope he gets back to vintage LO basketball next season.

  • Ismael

    BITCH move by Lamar, First he asked for a trade from the lakers because he was “Hurt” then now playing for a great championship organization like Dallas and he simply gives up on the team, This guy and Dwight Howard are fucking jokes. Wish more players can be like Steve Nash to play their hearts out and honor their contracts, No questions asked. Hope no team gives this guy a spot next year. You suck Lamar!

  • Reed

    Lamar Odom is a joke. He wasn’t in L.A. so he couldnt play basketball? What a disgrace. And he actually still gets a check for being a quitter. Take your ball and go home you loser.

  • MUBWAR

    then go film that bs show Lamara since you can’t ball no more.

  • vtrobot

    This would be perfect for a reality TV show.

  • kablamo

    U weak lamar

  • Fat Lever

    vtrobot, I was thinking the same thing. Khloe and Lamar’s show shouldn’t be on E!, it needs to be on TNT. They know drama.

  • T-Money

    Weak and unprofessional.

  • Vandal

    Come to windy city, we got a championship for sure then!

  • http://slamonline.com charliewinning

    I’ll never forget the comment he made after he married the ugly Kardashian sister. Suddenly he started talking like show business was the priority. “I’m a brand now. Everybody out here in LA focuses on their brand”. Something like that. I sure hope his off court brand money exceeded his NBA paycheck. Few teams want the nonesense around them that LO and the fat chic bring.

  • Top$helf

    8.2 mill a year suck it up and play ball Lam Lam

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Good riddance and ‘auf nimmerwidersehen’ you poor excuse for a teammate.
    I had quite a bit of anger built up towards this guy, horrid summer or not. But it’s just the NBA, can’t truly hate some random guy i don’t know anything about.
    This step should have been taken weeks ago (Wright and Mahinmi could have helped the team if he had fallen out of the rotation) but i see the advantages of waiting till after March 23 to finalize this step.
    Incredible that he could ‘earn’ two million for his so-called performance this season.
    One quick rant though: good luck being the K-lapdog.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    What? He could’ve honestly just sat on/came off the bench and went on another playoff run with the defending champs…but he would rather NOT play at all? Wowww.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    10 more games to secure a good seed in the playoffs and improve chemistry, Mavs.
    Make it happen. (who woulda thunk, Odom is the weak link on a team with disgruntled Terry AND Delonte West on it, wow.)

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Lamar Odom is pathetic. Sorry bro, but not everything is perfect in the L. At least you weren’t on the Bobcats.

  • angus

    see kids, what pot does to you?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    LO is hurt, his show made him look pathetic. I seem LO, going back to the Lakers, or joining the Heat to reunit with Wade. LO, should have not been traded and I feel his pain as a true Laker fan. I am upset to see, he has lost the will to play the game. LO needs time to chill come back and play like a good role player who won sixth man of the year award. BOOK IT!!!

  • FLIGHT 9

    VERY UNPROFESSIONAL PERIOD….

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i don’t want to judge dude, don’t know what is going on in his life, but be a professional about it, season is about to be over anyway

  • kobesBESTfriend

    y didnt they do this before the deadline so lamar can come back 2 la?now we r stuck with mcroberts and murphy when bynum gets tossed from games!!!

  • Ill Smith

    NBA 2012: Year of the Bi*ch. Dwight down in Orlando chopping heads off left & right, Dan Gilbert whining about trades & this dude right here. Odom is a certified chump, I couldn’t care less about his personal issues at this point. GET OVER IT MAN! These personal issues didn’t stop you from walking round with cameras in ya face all day did it? Hard to believe a grown man who’s a star on E! of all channels acts like he’s been stripped of all testosterone….

  • lakernation

    Lamar Odom is straight gobbage! Something is seriously wrong with this dude mentally.

  • http://bellamotra.com HugeOrangeBalls

    COME BACK HOME TO MIAMI!!!

  • http://ZOGS.COM zogs

    NIQ IS RIGHT

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I’m not going to front, if I was a Mavs fan, I’d be pissed. That being said, if Lakers can grab this dude for a low end vet deal next year, it’s worth the risk.

  • ash

    We have to understand he lost his cousin, involve in car accident where someone was killed, the trade and also, shortened season. I feel bad for the Mavs and hope nothing best for Lamar in the future. Kind of disappointed tho but things happen.

  • Madterps

    Lamar is a classless clown, having seen what he did in game 4 after the Mavs absolutely blew the Fakers out. People die and it’s unfortunate what happened to you, but you still have to honor your contract and play like a man not a bi*ch.

  • Old Long Johnson

    I’m not gonna be butthurt like all of these other commenters, you don’t even know HALF of what this has been going through. Who the hell cares if he was on tv or not, he signed a contract before all this mess happens if he renigs on it, then he losses a lot more than he has already. Yeah, it’s in poor form that he couldn’t take it, but thats the type of person he is. Doesnt make him more or less a B**ch or P****y than some of yall.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    I’m going to give Lamar a pass because of the horrific summer he had involving two deaths. Time heals all but you have to be professional. It seems like this cat only plays hard with talent around him. He had one of arguably the best coach in Phil Jackson coaching and playing alongside the best player of this era in Kobe Bryant. You win 6th Man of the Year and you get traded. That’s the business you live in. Your playing with the reigning Finals MVP; does that make you not want to play at a high level like you did with Kobe?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Pathetic

  • Rainman

    Funny, he was actually starting to play decently at least…but this dude is the biggest Baby in the L. With all the Dwight drama in the L, and the Melo ish earlier in the season, thats saying something.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sGangsta

    Operation Demolition Dallas complete. Agent Odom please report bak to General Kupchak. Admiaral Buss has a new assignment. Good job soldier.
    Secondary Objective met: Code name Sessions.

  • Mike Mihalow

    He’s still butthurt cuz the Lakers tried to trade him, and cuz his wife would rather be a “star” than be with him.

  • -Mas-

    Hey jimmers…Gasol is the reason LA went to the finals 3 years in a row. Kobe would have demanded a trade and would’ve been gone if Pau didnt come to LA. Lamar Odom on the other hand is mentally SOFT. And his taste in women is even SOFTER. EWWW.

  • TECH

    COME BACK HOME TO QUEENS!!!! and play for the knicks.
    Keep him on the bench.

  • call me li

    I also give Lamar a pass. I second fully what Old Long Johnson said (lol @ that name) in that yall sit on here talking about this guy’s situation like you know what goes on inside his head. I feel like he understands it’s a business so if he requested time off it was because he truly needed it. I’m sure basketball saved this guy’s life so he will forever love the game.

    And then too, just because she is the “ugly” Kardashian, Khloe comes off as the most sensible and “real” one. So I can’t hate Lamar for that either.

    Go Sixers, slump no more please…

  • dsleepy

    i feel like there has to be more to his situation that hasn’t been made public. he’s been traded before (clippers, miami) and never took it like this.

  • Greg

    I feel bad for the dude, didnt he lose 2 family members? My initial reaction was to blast this dude but this is some serious drama he went through. Praying for him & his fam…

  • bike

    She’s pretty fat too, though I agree she has the better personality of the three. He still seems too focused on being apart of the Kardashian brand than he is on ball. That’s not something that deserves a defense.

  • toinefan88

    Come to Boston! Get revenge on those punk Lakers.

  • T-Money

    He didnt lose family members this year and he still got 6th man.

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    He should have sucked it up, but that’s life. Some people have more issues dealing than others. I don’t believe the massive salaries of athletes shield them from human emotions.
    He should have played though. It was a good opportunity, and he squandered it. He’d already been traded twice before he got to the Lakers so it’s weird that he was so shocked about possibly being traded again.

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    Toinefan88 screw you.

  • bdogg

    first off it is a bad situation all the way around. not sure what else is going on in his private life but i must agree. he is paid a lot of money to be a professional..act like one. he gets paid a lot of money to play a game. my gf makes me watch the khoe and lamar show. what i take away from it is that all during the lockout he was doing everything but be in a gym. i think kris humphries is a D-bag but i give him credit that he got up early to hit a gym..do shoot around so when the lockout did end he was in some sort of shape. this is what happens when one is not mentally and physically invested in his/her profession and i will leave it at that. good luck to LO..hope things work out.

  • bike

    I don’t agree with the she has the better personality and more sense argument. This is the woman that talked Lamar into erecting a sling over their bed to spice up their sex life and filmed it for the whole world to see.
    If you are going to marry a Kardashian, you do it for looks and money.

  • Heals

    @angus, he’s got 2 rings, a 6th man award, has NY hoops cache, a TV show and made 8.2 mil this year. If those are the pitfalls of marijuana then where can I get my Dr’s recommendation…

  • http://theinboundspass.blogspot.co.nz David

    This is really sad. Hope he finds a better team and situation next year

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Lob City

  • Ben LB STATE

    Most of you guys are being ignorant to the fact the man had to transition tremendously. Including the family related deaths he had to deal with. Yes he was getting paid millions, but money doesn’t always fix anything. Give the guy a chance to clear his head.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Agreed Heals. I’m not here to defend weed usage, but it’s no more harmful of a drug than alcohol. Angus should just go back to watching his Reefer Madness.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Caboose, that was a low blow. Lol damn.

  • LA Huey

    His issues stemming from the offseason tragedies were probably exacerbated by the fact he was uprooted from familiar, friendly faces in the Laker locker room. And I understand, as Allenp noted, a 7-8 figure salary doesn’t make you immune to depression. However, if he wasn’t going to contribute, he should’ve at least given his paycheck to charities for a related cause.

  • http://Juanm.garcia@comcast.net KingsWithRings

    LA withdrawal is a biotch. Especialy to Dallas. That’s the equivalent of leaving NY to live in Boston.

  • Rnz

    Its hard to be sympathetic with this dude. Granted the trade from LA was shocking, but they traded you to the friggin defending champs!! its not like they traded you to the Wizards/Bobcats? Grow a pair LO

  • Shay Hill

    You people are so pathetic who are leaving such heartless comments about Lamar. I bet you would not say these comments to his face in person. It is so easy to type words then say them to someone. He is a human being and he deserve like anyone else for support and love. I bet when he has a come back you all will eat those words.

  • T-Money

    when guys play well during hard times, we say that basketball is a refuge. when guys play bad during hard times, we say that they had too much on their mind to perform.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Khloe Kardashian didn’t want to live in Texas..

  • Dungeon Family

    I feel sorry for LO……..Not for getting let go but for him having to sleep beside Bam Bam Bigelow every night.

    She Must got that Good Good because I fail to see what is attractive about her

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    Bam bam bigelow is hilarious. Props dungeon family

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    On the one hand, you gotta understand the guy went through a lot, his cousin dying and etc, but when you sign a 8.1 mill contract and make all these demands you have a responsibility to your team and you have to honor your contract. He should either just retire next year or play hard again, no halfassing it like he did all year in Dallas.

    And when you’re a ‘celeb’ you have even less excuse. Classless move by Odom, Mavs just had enough of his toxic attitude.

  • http://dennysisforwinners.blogspot.com DennysFishTacos

    He’ll be laughing it up on the E! Channel in a few months.

  • dee

    Either the Lakers or Clippers is where Odom is going to finish his career…not happy the way things played out but nobody knows what this man was going through. Sensative? maybe but when healthy (mentally & physically)Odom can ball. Today’s NBA lack real men. Todays game are filled with millionare kids who don’t know how to cope with things. Anybody you know have to deal with 2 deaths during the summer and being traded from a team you thought you were going to retire with? We know he asked to be traded after the CP3 trade fell apart but maybe mentally, he needed the Lakers orginization for support. Either way its’ not a good look. Personally he should’ve taken a week off the start of the season then continue to ball. In LA, he had an important role. He didn’t have to fit in. He was asked to do that in Dallas. The Mavericks had patience with Dirk. They should’ve showed it with Odom. Truth be told the Mavs are not the same team that won it all. Pointing fingers at Odom is an easy out. He’ll bounce back next season.

  • http://yahoo.com S. Johnson

    The Lakers should get Lamar back………….

  • http://slam vikki

    You can say what you want to, but LO needs to be with the Lakers. He played his best in LA.That’s because like everyone else out there if you are surrounded by positive karma your going to do your best. LA feels like home to this guy. Home is alwaays where the heart is. Everyone can give their take of what happened, but you don’t know what a person is going through uunless you’ve walked in his shoes. Man ya’ll need some heart and compassion. No one is perfect. But I respect a man that can be true to himself and his life. He is a human being first and a basketball player second. Everyone has their own choice in their life to be peaceful, content and happy. Stop being “HATERS”. LO played damn good at LA. Oh yeah leave Khole Kardashian alone. I think she is pretty.Ya’ll just hating on her because she just happens to be LO’s wife. And I bet you all wish your wife would stand by you like she stands by her man! LA PLEASE,PLEASE get LO back. This season has proved you need him. The fans want him back in LA and you should too.

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