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Lamar Odom makes Mavs contenders

Acquisition was hypocritical by Mark Cuban, but he salvaged the franchise's credibility

Updated: December 14, 2011, 11:52 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

For about 48 hours last week, the best professional sports owner in Dallas-Fort Worth during the last decade lost his credibility.

Not all of it, mind you, but a chunk of it, which is what happens when Mark Cuban let players such as Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and Caron Butler leave for free agency because of some fantasy about clearing enough salary-cap space to persuade Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard to sign here in the summer of 2012.

Never mind that Dirk Nowitzki, the ...

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