Lakers officially announce Lamar Odom trade to the Mavericks
It hardly remained a secret as the Lakers unanimously lamented Lamar Odom's absence during the team's media day Sunday, with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum questioning the organization's thinking in trading Odom to the Dallas Mavericks.
But for the sake of dotting the i's and crossing the t's, the Lakers officially announced they traded Odom and a 2012 second-round pick to Dallas for its 2012 first-round pick. Unstated in the news release was the $8.9-million trade exception also obtained by the Lakers. Regardless, Lakers Coach Mike Brown can no longer act like Odom remains on the Lakers' roster.
“Lamar was a fine player for us in his seven years with the Lakers and was a key to helping us win two championships," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "In addition, he always conducted himself with class and professionalism and we wish him well in the remainder of his career."
Some might wonder whether that was the case in the days before the trade, when Odom remained conspicuously absent from training camp. But that behavior hardly jibed with his usual persona. Still, The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported that the Lakers said Odom requested a trade, first when Odom met with Kupchak on Friday, and then when his agent, Jeff Schwartz, followed up with Kupchak on Saturday. ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin also reports the Lakers liked that the trade would save them nearly $18 million in salary and luxury taxes, and that there was concern Odom would play a less significant role under Brown than he did with Phil Jackson.
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Photo: Former Laker Lamar Odom. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / January 11, 2011