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Lamar Odom

The Dallas Mavericks, defending NBA Champions, have essentially released 13 year veteran, Lamar Odom.  The decision came soon after Mavs owner, Mark Cuban, questioned Odom’s commitmentment to the team.  Odom has struggled mightily this season recording career lows in almost every statistical category.

With the “release” Dallas still retains the rights to Odom and would receive compensation from any team that looked to sign the maligned vet.  According to’s Marc Stein, the two sides reached an agreement that allowed the two parties to separate immediately.

“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 “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.” […]

Sources said Monday that Odom’s departure will be immediate and that the Mavericks intend to simply list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of outright releasing him, leaving open the possibility that they could still trade him after the season in conjunction with the draft. 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.(”

Most observers feel that the versatile big man will return to the Lakers where he never quite recovered from a perceived betrayal after a failed trade attempt earlier this year.  Meanwhile the Mavs are still on the hook for the remainder of Odom’s salary.  Charles Barkley had a few choice words about the situation you can read here:

The Mavs will move on and probably make the playoffs while most players at this stage of their careers never fully comeback from things such as this.  Lamar Odom should try to regain his form but in my opinion that would be a lot easier said than done.  His psyche has been damaged, and it looks as though he has lost all confidence.  Maybe he should relax for the rest of the year on Mark Cuban’s dime and reflect on whether or not he should return.