April 10, 2012- Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have parted ways. The current Sixth Man of the Year in the NBA and the NBA defending champions announced on Monday that Odom’s days as a Maverick are over after just 50 games.
Management for the Mavericks said they could not count on Odom as he is going through a number of problems off the court. They said his state of mind at this time was not where it had to be to help the Mavericks get back to the playoff and defend their NBA title.
Odom was placed on the inactive list by the team and he will not play again for the franchise. Currently the Mavericks are in seventh place in the Western Conference playoff standings with only the top eight teams qualifying for the post season. Dallas has just nine games left before the regular season ends.
Odom was traded at the beginning of the season to Dallas by the Los Angeles Lakers and never seem to be comfortable or happy playing in Dallas. His points, rebounds and minutes played were all lows for his 13-year career. Even his home crowd booed him as his sluggish play increased.
Odom agreed with Dallas management that the decision to put him on the inactive list was a mutual one.