The Dallas Mavericks have finally sent Lamar Odom on his way. After months of Odom playing as if he couldn’t care less, the Mavs have parted ways with him. The Mavericks meet with Odom on Easter Sunday April 9, 2012 and decided on a parting plan. Odom said, “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.” Dallas decided not to released Odom but he will not be allowed to practice or play with the Mavericks. For the rest of the season the Mavs will list Odom as “inactive”. By not releasing Odom, Dallas will get the chance to possibly trade Lamar Odom at the end of the season. Cuban is still resbonsible for the rest of Lamar Odom’s salary this year. If Dallas still has Lamar Odom on their roster on June 29th they will have to pay him another $2.4 million to buy out his contract. If the Mavs buy out Odom’s contract he will no longer be with the team.
When asked about Odom, Jason Terry, Maverick #31, said “It’s a tough situation. It’s always tough to adjust to a new situation. And for whatever reason it didn’t work out for him. We wish him the best. He’s a great dude.”
Now the Dallas Mavericks are ready to move forward. The president of operations for the Mavericks, Donnie Nelson said, “He’s (Lamar) dealt with a lot of personal issues. At this point, we need to be able to count on some things. It’s never easy to do these things. We just need to move on.” Coach Carlisle said, “I really feel that we have other guys that are ready to step up. So that’s what we’ll do.”
This is the best decision the Dallas Mavericks have made all year. Lamar Odom has had a season low and did not play to his best ability for the Mavs. Donnie Nelson said, “Lamar hasn’t performed like he wants to perform and is capable of performing.” Many stood up for Lamar when they would refer to the 0-7 record of games he missed. Even coach Carlisle would talk about how the Dallas Mavericks have lost every game that Lamar did not play in. But Tim McMahon with ESPNDallas.com pointed out the fact that in all 7 of those games either Kidd or West were missing as well. Odom just never played with any heart. He pouted and just went through the motions the whole time he was on the court. I maybe saw him play with effort only 1 or 2 games out of the 50 he played in. I also feel that there was just no connection with this Dallas team and a lot of miss trust amongst them. I believe that Lamar Odom had a lot to do with those negative vibes. I think the Mavs will be a lot better now that he is gone. The team can now start working with each other and build a trust with the whole team. I am very excited to see where the Mavs will go from here, so Goodbye Lamar.
UPDATE: Rumors have spread that Lamar Odom and Dirk had a fight during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies last Saturday night. This rumor is untrue and even grew to not only a verbal fight but a fist fight as well. But all of this was made up. Later today the truth came out. There was a verbal confrontation during that game but it was not against Dirk and Odom, it was between the owner Mark Cuban and Lamar Odom. During half time Cuban approached Odom and asked him “in or out?” Sources say that Lamar got mad about this and then did not return to the bench until after the third quarter started. This was probably the last straw for the Dallas Mavericks, and that is why the decision was made on Sunday.
Lamar Odom left Dallas yesterday to head back to LA. At DFW Airport he was seen wearing an LA Lakers championship t-shirt and his LA Lakers championship ring. This says a lot about how much he really cared to be in Dallas. What a PUNK!