Lamar Odom won’t be suiting up with his Dallas teammates for the rest of the season. The team’s likely to list Odom as inactive for the remainder of the season.
“The Mavericks and Odom spent Easter Sunday working out a parting, according to sources close to the situation, that frees the struggling Odom to leave the team immediately without actually being released.
“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.’” [ESPN]
The announcement ends what was clearly a tumultuous time period for Odom, who asked to be dealt after he found out the Lakers were shopping him before the season. In a season filled with injuries and countless other distractions, Odom’s short stay in Dallas wasn’t fruitful as he went from “Sixth Man Of The Year” to career lows in points (6.6), rebounds (4.1), minutes per game (20.5) and shooting percentages. In ways, you have to feel bad for the guy since he not only performed well in L.A. but also had found peace there, after a early history in the league spent underperforming, heavily scrutinized and problems with marijuana usage.
What’s next? Dallas could still potentially trade Odom at a later date, mostly likely before or on June 29. If not, they’ll have to buy him out for $2.4 million or plan on paying the full $8.2 million that Odom is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.