Months after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks from the Los Angeles Lakers due to a previous trade by the Lakers that would’ve sent Odom to New Orleans. Forward, Lamar Odom said that he felt “disrespected” by the organization so he demanded a trade. So the Lakers would respect his decision and as a result they would trade him to the Mavericks for a first round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception.
However, despite having his wish granted by the Lakers Odom, wouldn’t fit in Dallas as his production would drop significantly. Going from averaging 14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 3.0 apg to 6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.7 apg, Odom would see his production drop in every major stat line from the previous season.
So as a result to his poor play and a result to a not so good season by the Mavericks (31-26) they decided to part ways with Odom as he’ll be placed on the inactive list.
“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.”
As for why the Mavericks wouldn’t just release Odom from their team versus placing him on the inactive list, is because, come the end of the season they will have the opportunity to be able to trade him during the NBA Draft or leading up to it, where as if they released him now they wouldn’t have been able to do so.
So what this means for Odom is that due to being placed on the inactive list, his 2011-12 NBA season is now officially come to an end.
Now even if the Mavericks did release Odom, it still wouldn’t have helped as he would be ineligible for the playoffs anyways as the deadline for a player to be eligible after being waived was March 23.