Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have decided to part ways.
Lamar Odom, who has suffered a downward spiral since joining the Dallas Mavericks, has severed ties with the team. On Easter Sunday, the Mavericks allowed Odom to part ways with the team where he is able to leave immediately without actually being released.
The Mavericks will list Lamar Odom as inactive for the remainder of the season. 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.
“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 in a statement to ESPN.com.
“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.”
It’s really unfortunate to see Lamar go out of Dallas in this fashion. Just this past season, he was given the 6th Man of the Year award from the Los Angeles Lakers. From the moment the Lakers traded Odom to the Mavs it was obvious that isn’t where he wanted to be. There may have been one game where he gave max effort, but even then it was lackluster. We’ve all seen Odom perform at a very high level when coming off the bench for the Lakers, so to see him like we have recently, it was almost unacceptable. When you know a player is capable of more and they put out the weakest of effort there is no point of having them on your team.
We all knew it was a matter of time before Mark Cuban became frustrated with Odom’s antics. At one point this season, he volunteered to go down to the D-league in hopes that he would be able to get his mojo back. That, again, obviously didn’t work. It’s almost as if Lamar left his heart in L.A. where his friends and family reside. While with Dallas he posted career lows in just about every category possible.
Most know that Odom and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, have a show on E! which draws a lot of attention. Some people say that Lamar has gone ‘Hollywood’ and lost his passion for basketball. It’s really hard to believe that considering how long Odom has been in the league.
The big question is, where does Lamar Odom go now?? The Mavs still have the ability to trade him after the season since they put him on injured reserve. If it’s not L.A., will Odom give his all for that team? He’s faced a few tragedies in the past year and maybe that’s something he hasn’t been able to completely overcome. If another team decided to pick him up, I can guarantee they are going to want max effort from Odom. You just have to wonder if that’s something he’s willing to give.