After a season of mediocrity, disappointment and hurt feelings, Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have decided to go separate ways. Odom is not officially released, but will be listed as inactive and is not required to play for the Mavs for the rest of the year. Teams interested in Odom will have to pay Dallas for him, either $2.4 million to buy him out by the draft date or $8.2 million after that for the 2012-13 season.
Odom’s career low averages were a huge disappointment to a Dallas fanbase already regretting letting Tyson Chandler and JJ Barea go, but the situation with the former LA Laker forward reached a dramatic high when fans started booing Odom whenever he set foot on the floor. Odom’s sensitive feelings in being dealt by the Lakers (basically for free) and his poor conditioning at the beginning of the season proved to be his downfall in a lackluster season for a Dallas team that failed to utilize his skill set properly behind Dirk Nowitzki. It wasn’t a good fit, the fans knew it, and both parties have finally realized it and decided it was time to stop pretending Lamar Odom could contribute. Odom averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds this season with the Mavs, which were both career lows by a considerable margin.
Odom won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award and was a key contributor for two Lakers championship teams. This year, Odom was almost moved down to the D-League. Odom will be available for any team willing to pay, but at this point, it seems like the only teams that will be interested in taking this disappointing prospect are at the bottom of the league.