Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Lakers officially announce Lamar Odom trade to the Mavericks

Lamar-odom_600

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.

RELATED:

Lamar Odom trade was a bad idea

Kobe Bryant on Lamar Odom trade: "I don't like it."

Lamar Odom's people skills will be his legacy

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Former Laker Lamar Odom. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / January 11, 2011

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

The comments to this entry are closed.


Connect

Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

All Things Lakers »

Your database for all things purple and gold.

Find a Laker

Search a name

Select a season

Choose one of our lists



Categories


Archives
 

About the Bloggers


Bleacher Report | Lakers

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More Lakers on Bleacher Report »



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists:


In Case You Missed It...