When the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for basically nothing at the beginning of the 2012 NBA season, everyone thought LA was crazy. Now it looks like they were prophets of the storm to come.
Ever since arriving in Dallas, Odom has been a sub-par player. Not only are his numbers at historic lows, averaging just 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, but his attitude has been uncharacteristically poor as well.
Odom has always been known as a thin-skinned player and possibly the off-season issues of his cousin dying doomed his year from the start. Whatever the reasons are, it looks like Lamar’s time with Dallas is officially over.
During halftime of the Mavs game on Saturday Odom and Mavs owner Mark Cuban got into a heated exchange. Cuban claims "And I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not? Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn't get a commitment. And that was the end."
It’s been no secret that Odom hasn’t exactly fit in with the Mavs since day one. His repeated tardiness and lackluster effort hasn’t exactly endeared him to the Dallas faithful. This added to the fact his numbers are non-existent make him one over-paid power forward.
"We hope it's addition by subtraction," Cuban said. "Just put him in the Tariq Abdul-Wahad category and move on." This is a reference to the Dallas trade with the Denver Nuggets that landed one of the biggest NBA duds ever onto the Mavs roster. It also kept Abdul-Wahad on their payroll for 5 painfully expensive and unproductive seasons. This is not the company Odom finds himself, but it's still quite a fall for a player on the brink of a selection to the All-Star team just a season ago.
Now it looks like the Mavs will have to eat the remainder of Odom’s $8.9 million contract while he sits at home contemplating his next reality show. Dallas will reportedly list him as inactive this week for the rest of the season.
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