Lamar Odom Parts Ways with Dallas

Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have officially decided to part ways. Well, sort of. Odom wont officially be released, but he and the Mavericks worked out a deal that would allow him to leave the team, while the team simply lists him as inactive for the rest of the season.

This will allow the Mavs to trade Odom at the end of the season, something that could be good for both sides. Any team that has Odom on its roster as of June 29, though, must buy him out by that date for $2.4 million or otherwise accept responsibility for the full $8.2 million that Odom is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.

So Odom’s bust of a season is over, finally. To say he was struggling this season would be a tremendous understatement. His season has been rockier than a stone quarry. With stints on the inactive list and in the D-League, Odom was averaging just 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game while shooting 35.2 percent from the field, all career lows.

Odom released an apologetic statement that read: “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.”

This season has been a stark contrast to last season, in which Odom was Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 14.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. It’s a contrast almost as stark as Kim Kardashian with and without makeup.

But it’s hard to blame Odom for such a crapshoot of a season. In the offseason, his 24-year-old cousin was murdered. While in New York City for the funeral, Odom was in a SUV that collided with a motorcycle, which led to the death of a pedestrian. Allegedly, Odom contemplated sitting out the entire season to get his head straight after both tragedies, but ultimately decided to play. Even so, he didn’t work out at all in the offseason, which left him rusty when the season finally opened back up in December. And to make matters worse, after it was announced the lockout was over, the Lakers announced they pretty much didn’t want him anymore, after a potential trade for Chris Paul fell through.

So at this point, it’s hard not to feel for the 32-year-old Odom. He seemed to be rolling in Los Angeles, making good on what was a promising career when he came into the league in 1999. Hopefully this break will allow him to get his head straight and come back better than ever next season. If nothing else, though, this will make an interesting storyline on Khloe and Lamar.

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