Lamar Odom Leaves Dallas Mavericks, Effective Immediately; Team Retains NBA Star's Rights

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Lamar Odom's time as a member of the Dallas Mavericks has come to an end. The NBA star left the team today, ending a short and unsuccessful tenure in Big D.

According to ESPN, an agreement reached Sunday allows the two sides to part company immediately, without the Mavericks having to officially release Odom.

The unusual move means the struggling 13-year veteran is now off the Dallas roster for the remainder of the season, but rights are retained by the Mavericks.

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.

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"I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us, but wish the Mavs' organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success."

Sources said Odom's immediate departure allows the Mavs to list him as inactive, but not cut him, leaving open the possibility that they could still trade Odom.

Any team that has Odom on its roster as of June 29 must buy him out by that date for $2.4 million or pay the full $8.2 million Odom is set to earn in 2012-13.

The Mavs acquired the 13-year veteran before the season started in what looked like a steal of a deal with the L.A. Lakers. Wishful thinking, it turned out.

At the time of the trade, the Mavs were thought to have scored a huge coup - the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to help cushion the loss of Tyson Chandler.

That vision never materialized, though, as he struggled terribly. As we saw on last night's Khloe & Lamar, his head, heart and reality show were always in L.A.


i agree with the others reviewers, why people like to played the blame game. i find Kloe and Lamar a loving couple and don't forget she been married for almost 3 yrs, i don't understand why people compared she and Kim all 3 sisters has different personality. I enjoyed watching them at least mama Jenner taught her children how to cook and clean. I don't know why can u haters leave the Kardashians alone, JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You rock Lamar shoot for happiness with your _family they will never trade you


It's a possibility that Lamar felt he has lost his family (the Lakers) and it will take him some time to grieve his loss. The Lakers were his family that he was so proud to be a part of, my heart goes out to him.


Lamar is a grown man and he can make decisions that suite him meaning he can play for any team he desires and if it makes him and khloe happy I see no reason why he should stay


Lamar is a grown man he can play for whatever team he desires.for what ever reasons he may have had leaving dallas it was his choice alone and if it makes him and khloe I don't see the fuss


OMG Lamar did the right thing people are so quick to judge,without knowing the facts, Lamar you and Khloe just move forward you have a wonderful marriage,you will play again with the team that you feel right with.


It has nothing to do with the kardashians, it is because lamar left the lakers, it takes time for him to adjust to another place, it could happen to anybody. He is human, not a god, don't blame it on kardashians!!!


Khloe is supporting his Contract which happens to be connected to him. it's a package deal.


come to the charlotte bobcats we need help!!!


Okay he married khloe b4 he left the lakers. He was still doing just fine. It has nothing to do with him marrying her. He just didnt adjust well with the MAVS. Khloe has been a wonderful wife to him and she has been by his side and supported him 100%.

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After bouncing around the NBA for years, Lamar Odom became a valuable member of the Los Angeles Lakers. He's won multiple world titles as... More »
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