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Forward Odom, Defending-Champion Mavericks Agree to Part Ways

April 09, 2012

Lamar Odom’s four-month tenure with the Dallas Mavericks ended midway through a National Basketball Association season in which the forward is averaging career lows in minutes, points and rebounds.

Odom, 32, will remain on the Dallas roster for the remainder of the season and won’t play again for the Mavericks under a mutual agreement, team spokeswoman Sarah Melton said today in an e-mail. The move gives Dallas the postseason option of trading Odom, who is unable to compete in the playoffs for another team because he wasn’t waived before the league’s March 23 deadline.

Any team that has Odom on its roster on June 29 must either buy out his contract for $2.4 million or pay the full $8.2 million he is set to make next season, according to ESPN.

Odom is in his first year with the defending-champion Mavericks after spending the previous seven with the Los Angeles Lakers. He started four games for Dallas and is averaging 20.5 minutes, 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds, all career lows.

Odom played just 4:15 in the team’s last game, a 94-89 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on April 7.

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