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Lamar Odom Dumped By Dallas Mavericks For Too Many “Personal Issues”

Lamar Odom announce today that he will no longer be on active status with the Dallas Mavericks. Instead of cutting Lamar Odom from his contract (which they should have done), the Dallas Mavs will place Lamar Odom on “inactive status”, which will allow him to be traded next season. Lamar Odom could not get over the fact that he was no longer apart of the Lakers franchise, and had a very hard time fitting in with the Mavericks, although they are the defending NBA champions. Both Dallas Mavericks and Lamar Odom claim the split is mutual, but truth be told the Mavs have been fed up with Lamar’s disappearing acts and all of his “personal issues”.  Actually, I don’t think anyone in Dallas wanted Lamar Odom in the first place, but they gave him a fair chance since he was sporting the lue and green. Khloe Kardashian even made the media rounds trying to make Dallas home. But then, Lamar Odom just couldn’t make it through the shortest NBA season with a championship team making millions of dollars because he was too homesick, even though his home team cut are the ones that cut him in the first place.

*Singing* Na-Na-Na-Na Nan-Na-Na-Na Hey-Ay Goodbye

In Lamar’s defense he has been dealing with a lot family issues, but those issues are suppose to remain off the court. I guess that’s easier said than done…Now he has plenty of time to think about his future. Check out the details when you continue…

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.”

Sources said Monday that Odom’s departure will be immediate and that the Mavericks intend to simply list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of outright releasing him, leaving open the possibility that they could still trade him after the season in conjunction with the draft. Any team that has Odom on its roster as of June 29 must buy him out by that date for $2.4 million or otherwise accept responsibility for the full $8.2 million that Odom is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said via email he had nothing to add when asked to comment on Odom’s departure. Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said it was in “the best interest of everyone to do this at this time.” {Source: ESPN}

That’s the political spin, but according to Radar Online the real reason the Mavs let him go:

The Mavericks are parting ways with Lamar today. Too much drama, not enough focus on basketball,” a source close to the situation told us. “He just couldn’t get past all his issues, whatever they may be, and concentrate on playing basketball.”

And while many have blamed Lamar’s depleting numbers on the basketball court on his high-profile marriage to Khloe Kardashian and their involvement in numerous reality shows on E!, the insider says Khloe is not to blame. “It’s not anything with Khloe, in fact, she has been the smartest one in his group and has been pushing him hardest to stay focused on his job.”

Even though Khloe embraced the move to Dallas, Lamar never found his footing with the Dallas Mavericks.  “Lamar hasn’t gotten over being traded from the Lakers, and he has been depressed and moody ever since the trade happened. Lamar felt that he was ripped away from his Laker family with no warning or notice. He couldn’t fathom the fact that the Lakers traded him after all of his years with the team,” a source close to the couple tells RadarOnline.com. “Khloe has been extremely supportive of Lamar, but she is growing increasingly concerned for her husband because she has never seen him like this before.”

I don’t know maybe it’s just me, but the best way to get back at an ex(team) is to show him(them) you are better off without him(them).

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