Lamar Odom's time as a Maverick never really had a grace period -- he didn't seem to want to be there, and the Mavericks couldn't find a way to use him effectively. It's kind of a moot point now, as Odom and the Mavericks are severing ties, although Odom still will be under the team's control. He'll be inactive for the rest of the season, and the team probably will try to trade him in the offseason. All in all, a strange ending for a player who seemed so happy in Los Angeles and so miserable in Dallas.
Who's at fault?
Lamar Odom did an awful lot of sitting on the bench during his time in Dallas. Whether that was his fault or the Mavericks' is your call.
Back to Los Angeles?
Odom would be a natural fit for the Lakers, but changes in the team's composition might preclude him from rejoining.
Fate of the Mavericks?
The Mavericks have a tenuous grasp on seventh place in the Western Conference -- a badly timed skid could leave them out in the cold.
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