Lamar Odom Traded To The Dallas Mavericks
Prior to NBA commissioner David Stern blocking the trade, the Lakers had reached an agreement in a three-team deal to trade Paul Gasol and Lamar Odom in exchange for Chris Paul. Gasol would have gone to the Houston Rockets and Odom to the New Orleans Hornets, but Stern stepped in and killed the trade after several owners complained. He was reportedly so irritated by the botched trade that he skipped the first two days of the Lakers training camp. After which he met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and demanded a trade.
Then, in what came as a surprise move, the Lakers sent the 6’10” forward to the Dallas Mavericks for a $8.9 million trade exception and a first-round pick. However, the Mavs get to decide when the Lakers receive the pick. The announcement comes just three days after Odom learned that the Lakers were trying to trade him.
“Lamar was a fine player for us in his seven years with the Lakers and was a key to helping us win two championships,” said Mitch Kupchak. “In addition, he always conducted himself with class and professionalism and we wish him well in the remainder of his career.”
Speaking to the LA Times, Odom’s teammate Kobe Bryant voiced his disdain for the trade, “I don’t like it. I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint. He’s great at bringing guys together and things of that nature.”
A source close to Odom says that he is content to be going to Dallas and has already received a welcoming phone call from Mavs owner Mark Cuban.