Lamar Odom’s time with the Dallas Mavericks has not been lengthy nor as productive as both parties hoped. Odom was traded to the Mavs prior to the season after he asked the Lakers to end his misery.
The co-star of the reality series, “Khloe & Lamar” was part of that aborted attempt by the Lakers to get Chris Paul. Lamar would have gone to New Orleans with Pau Gasol heading off to Houston as part of a three-team trade deal.
It got nixed in a now infamous decision to refuse to allow the trade to move forward, allowing the L.A. Clippers to swing a direct deal with the Hornets to get Chris Paul on their team. Read: Chris Paul to Clippers: L.A. power balance shifts.
Odom’s angst was exacerbated when he could not obtain assurances from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak that he would remain with the team for the rest of the season. Kupchak told media about decision to trade him: Emotional Odom forced trade, says Lakers GM Kupchak.
Lamar decided it was better to arrange a trade than live with the fear of a trade. Thus the Mavs took him in exchange for a trade exception of more than $8 million and a future draft pick.
His on-court performance has seen a significant downward trend, from both last season when he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in the NBA, as well as his career stats.
When the Mavs announced that Lamar was absent for the last game prior to the All-Star break, he was reported to have flown to Los Angeles to see his ailing father. He was expected back for the next game.
Now, the Mavs have had to update that with news reported on ESPN.com Dallas: “Lamar is going to not be with us these two games and then we’ll update everybody Thursday as to where we’re at,” Carlisle (Mavs coach Rick Carlisle) said. “But he’s got a tough situation he’s going through. We’re very supportive as a franchise and we’ll let you know Thursday where we are.”
Lamar Odom’s dad is doing just fine, at least that is what he told TMZ.com over the weekend. While he was ailing, it was not life threatening and he was happy to see his son arrive. This is no longer about his father.
The team is still saying they want him back, but point guard Jason Kidd’s comments were somewhat telling: “It’s going to work itself out one way or another. We just hope it works itself out soon.”