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Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:42 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 6:43 pm
 
 Odom has a stop to make before he returns to the Mavs. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Hard to imagine Lamar Odom won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season, and did it with maybe his most efficient season ever.

Why is that hard to imagine? Because he's headed to the D-League, according to ESPN.com.

The Dallas Mavericks hope to have Lamar Odom back in uniform in a matter of days, but it might not immediately be a Mavs uniform, sources said.

Odom is likely to play at least one game with the Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco to, as one source said, "get his legs back under him." The Texas Legends play the Austin Toros at home Thursday night, but sources said it's more likely Odom practices with the Legends on Friday while the Mavericks are in New Orleans and then plays Saturday's home game with the Legends, also against Austin, while the Mavericks are playing host to Utah.

A team spokesman had said earlier Thursday that Odom will not make the trip to New Orleans. The team plans to provide another update on Odom's status before Saturday's game.

Odom was given a week of personal leave from the team after he left the team before the All-Star break to tend to an ill father. The assignment is more seen as something to help him just get back in shape. But then again, with the way Odom has performed this season, plus with the rumors starting to swirl around him, it's easy to assume there could be more to this.

Maybe the Mavs are deep in trade talks right now for him. Maybe they're just unhappy with his production and effort and are trying to grab his attention. Or maybe Odom really just needs some time to get back in shape.

As for buying him out, Cuban says it's not happening.

"We're not going to buy out anybody, there's no reason to do it," Cuban said. "We're not going to do that. That's not the way we work. We try to find what the problem is and fix it."

Since his trade from the Lakers before the season, Odom clearly hasn't been the same player. It's mostly a mental thing, as he was wounded by the way the Lakers sent him uncerimoniously out of town. He also briefly considered retirement due to an unexpected death in his family. So Odom has been dealing with issues off the court, which have affected him on it.

And right now, he's away from the Mavs on leave and likely is headed to Frisco before he finds his way back into a Dallas uniform, if he comes back to Dallas at all. My, how things change in a year.
Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:48 am
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

It is interesting to see player like this hit the skids. This guy had a promising career and now seems to be pouting about getting traded. He needs to man up and get over it. Players, both good and bad, get traded all the time. The ones that come out on top are the guys that put forth the extra effort and make the team that traded them regret that they ever did so. It remains to be seem what Odom will do, but, thus far it seems that he has decided to pal around with the crying towel. The dude needs to grow a pair and get on with his basketball career; otherwise, I suppose he can get a job retrieving shopping carts at the local WalMart. Seriously, what kind of an idiot jeapordizes a NBA career and the earning potential because they don't like their trade?

Pat "The Earl of Cavendish" Gray



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

This is a classic example of spoiled diva throwing a tantrum cause he isnt with the team he wants to be with. Another of the laundry list of things wrong with professional sports today. These guys make enough money that they should just be grateful they dont have the real-life issues of the average man, and to act like a child and not perform is unexcuseable, any ordinary guy would be fired.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:27 pm
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

Gasol is still playing for the Lakers. Houston's players named in the trade are still working hard for the Rockets. Only Lamar and his high maintenance wife were thrown into a tailspin by the trade
In fairness, those guys were not actually traded.  They are still in their comfort zones.

Gasol has shown very much to express emotional distress at the thought of trades.  Let's see how he reacts if he actually is traded as fair comparison.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

Since his trade from the before the season, Odom clearly hasn't been the same player. It's mostly a mental thing, as he was wounded by the way the Lakers sent him uncerimoniously out of town. due to an unexpected death in his family. So Odom has been dealing with issues off the court, which have affected him on it.

Gasol is still playing for the Lakers. Houston's players named in the trade are still working hard for the Rockets. Only Lamar and his high maintenance wife were thrown into a tailspin by the trade. If he has been too gravely wounded to play, he should refuse his salary until such time as he gets his act together.

Steve Nash quietly plying his trade with no complaints makes guys like Lamar look so bad!



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

I think this is an opportunity for Jim Buss to get Odom back.  I don't how but there should be a way if the league officials allow.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:42 pm
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

And people thought that trading him to New Orleans in a deal for Chris Paul would have made sense for New Orleans?!?!!?
This is EXACTLY what I thought would happen to him after being dealt from the Lakers.  He would get into a funk, get cut and end up back in a Lakers uniform.  Good thing Stern did what he did in protecting New Orleans from this sort of expected situation (not that they are in good shape, but at least money wise they're better off without an expensive Odom)...



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:32 pm
 

Report: Odom going to the Mavs D-League affiliate

Wow, what a slap in the face.




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