No D-League for Lamar Odom

The Mavericks planned to send Lamar Odom to the D-League for at least one game, but the Mavs have lost five of six games and patience is wearing thin. Instead, Odom will be worked slowly into the mix for tonight’s game against the Jazz. Per ESPN: “Forward Lamar Odom will skip what was Saturday’s scheduled return to the court in the D-League, and instead report directly to the Dallas Mavericks as they seek to snap a four-game skid, according to sources close to the situation. The Mavericks, who have lost five of six, face the Utah Jazz Saturday night in Dallas. Odom, his agent, Jeff Schwartz, and Mavs owner Mark Cuban had met earlier this week in Dallas and worked out a plan to ease Odom back onto the team after his personal absence unexpectedly extended more than a week. He was just hours away from reporting to the D-League’s Texas Legends in nearby Frisco for the morning shootaround and was to play in their game Saturday night to build up stamina before returning to the Mavs for their road game Monday at Oklahoma City. Odom has not played in a game since Feb. 20.”