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Lamar Odom trade: Reasons are implausible (Web links)

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remains upset with the Lakers trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Bresnahan reports Bryant met with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for 15 minutes after talking with reporters, but seemed better when he left.

--The Times' Ben Bolch looks at how Odom's absence will put further strain on Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the Clippers can steal the Lakers' spotlight if they acquire Chris Paul.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides a list of varying explanations on why the Lakers traded Odom. I don't buy any of them.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger wonders what the Lakers' next move will entail.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe remains confident Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak knows what he's doing.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights Bryant's anger about the trade and openly wonders what the thinking is from the Lakers' front office.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky tells Andrew Bynum the terms of Odom's trade, prompting the Lakers center to say that the deal is "crazy."

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell focuses on Bryant's anger.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices the Lakers' transition period hardly will be comfortable.

--The Daily News' Elliot Teaford highlights the general unhappiness from Odom's former teammates about the trade. Teaford also reflects on covering Odom.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a series of one-on-one interviews with several players. Lakers.com provides an extensive photo gallery of media day.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark remains cautiously optimistic about how the Lakers' front office is constructing the team.

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard explains how the Lakers have always managed running a great organization.

Tweet of the Day:"I am curious as to how I am the cause for any trade? LOL Some people just say anything behind their computer screens." -- KhloeKardashian (reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, Odom's wife)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"It is just mind boggling to believe that Mitch would trade Odom to the defending Champs with out a serious plan behind this all!! It is hard for me to believe or swallow the fact that this move was just a salary dump!! We are living Kobes last few years in the NBA and I highly doubt Mitch would destroy the chance at getting Kobe a few more rings" -- Omar Estrada

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Lamar Odom was disturbed that he was part of the voided Chris Paul trade and did not practice the first two days of Lakers training camp. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

Lamar Odom trade: Lakers reach a crossroads

Racing to assemble a championship roster, the Lakers' front office finds itself at a crossroads.

Which way the team goes will quickly determine whether General Manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss will give the Lakers a more solid foundation or cause them irreparable damage. The Lakers just traded versatile forward and locker-room favorite Lamar Odom and a 2012 second-round pick to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first-round pick and an $8.9-milliion trade exception. Will this just save the Lakers nearly $18 million in salary and luxury taxes? Or will it help the Lakers land Magic center Dwight Howard or in some other way prove to be a cunning move?

The trade prompted Kobe Bryant to fume, "I don't like it," saying the Lakers appeared to receive nothing in return for last season's sixth man of the year. But in his next breath, a composed Bryant gives Kupchak a vote of confidence.

"We got to let Mitch do his job," Bryant said. "Mitch has proven himself through the course of the years that he can build a great team. We have to have all trust that he's going to do that. That being said, it's still hard to see one of my friends and one of our great players go somewhere, especially that team, seemingly for nothing. Whether they have something else going on, that's on them to decide. But it's tough."

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Pau Gasol handles trade speculation differently than Lamar Odom

The Lakers nearly removed his jersey, but Pau Gasol kept wearing it.

The Lakers nearly took his jersey, and Lamar Odom willingly returned it.

A strained right quadricep and perhaps mixed emotions kept Gasol away from practice temporarily. A bruised ego kept Odom away permanently.

Gasol immediately vowed he wanted to remain a Laker, so much that he arrived at the team's media day Sunday proclaiming himself one for an ESPN Radio promotional spot. Odom immediately vowed he wouldn't report to training camp, so much that he reportedly told General Manager Mitch Kupchak to trade him, something that became official once the Lakers sent him Saturday night to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first-round draft pick and a $8.9 million trade execption.

"Different people are just different," Gasol said regarding how both he and Odom reacted to the Lakers trying to ship them in a deal that would've secured Hornets guard Chris Paul. "We react differently so we handle things differently." 

But only one handled it correctly.

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Lakers officially announce Lamar Odom trade to the Mavericks

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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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--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

Lakers' roundtable: Lamar Odom trade was a bad idea

Instead of excitedly spouting off about championship expectations, Lakers players forlornly fielded questions about their recently traded friend and teammate at Sunday's media day.

Lamar Odom was gone and his purple-and-yellow jerseyed brothers were angry.

Said Kobe Bryant: "I don't like it."

Said Andrew Bynum: "It definitely breaks our team up."

It was a strange scene at the team's training facility in El Segundo as the players tried to make sense of a confusing week in which Chris Paul was traded to the Lakers, then the NBA killed the deal, then the Lakers traded Odom to Dallas in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft.

In the video above, L.A. Times reporters Mike Bresnahan, Mark Medina and Melissa Rohlin discuss the team's palpable discontentment with the week's bizarre happenings -- and try to piece together what will be the Lakers' next move.

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Andrew Bynum: Lamar Odom trade 'definitely breaks our team up'

Andrew Bynum said the Lakers' chemistry will "definitely" be adversely affected by the Lamar Odom trade.

"He was always somebody keeping the mood light," Bynum said of Odom at the team's practice facility Sunday. "Somebody you look to just to talk to... Having him gone is definitely going to affect chemistry a little bit."

The Lakers dealt Odom to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft. Odom averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds last season and was named the Sixth Man of the Year.

PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years

"It definitely breaks our team up," Bynum said. "It's going to be a different rotation. It's kind of crazy. He's a friend of mine and definitely a great player and to have him go in this fashion, I don't know... It's a business and stuff happens."

Bynum's name also has been tossed around in trade rumors. Despite seeing his close friend leave and knowing that his own future with the team is uncertain, Bynum said his allegiance to the Lakers has not faltered.

"I'm always loyal to the Lakers," he said, "No question there."

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--Melissa Rohlin

Mike Brown pleads the Fifth on Lamar Odom trade

At a time when the Lakers players are seething with anger over Lamar Odom getting traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Coach Mike Brown claimed ignorance.

"At least to my understanding, nothing has happened," Brown said Sunday at the Lakers' media day. "Everyone has heard stuff."

Yup, stuff like Odom getting shipped to the Mavericks for a 2012 first-round pick and a trade exception worth $8.9 million. But don't tell Brown that the trade's official. Since the front office apparently hasn't alerted Brown about the trade, it hasn't happened yet.

PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years

"I don't want to speculate on it, but the personnel decisions are made by Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss," Brown said of the Lakers' General Manager and executive.  "I just coach the team. I'm not sure what's going on right now, but Lamar has permission to stay away from training camp."

But Odom isn't just staying away from the practice floor. He did that the first two days of training camp  because he felt offended the Lakers tried trading him in a deal that would've sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to Houston and Odom to New Orleans. Odom stayed away from training camp Sunday because he's not on the team.

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Lamar Odom's people skills will be his legacy

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Throw out any number regarding Lamar Odom's seven-year tenure with the Lakers.

Two -- that's how many championships he won. Fifteen -- that's the franchise ranking he finished in assists (1,944). Seventeen -- that's the franchise ranking he posted in points (7,092). Eleven -- that's the franchise ranking he totaled in rebounds (4,906).

But the legacy of Odom -- traded Saturday to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first-round draft pick and a $8.9-million trade exception -- will be not in numbers but in how he interacted with the people around him. 

PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years

He remained the team's locker-room favorite for various reasons. Odom's playful personality and his life story -- including losing his grandmother and mother at a young age and then later his 6-1/2-month-old son -- inspired others. Odom willingly fit into any role and blended well on a team full of superstars. 

Sure, there were some aggravating moments. Up until last season, people wondered if he could maintain flashes of brilliance on a consistent basis. But it's no surprise teammates packed the Sheraton Gateway last spring to see Odom stand teary eyed as he accepted the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. That honor celebrated his most consistent season, averaging 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. It also epitomized his selfless approach toward life. 

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Lamar Odom traded to the Dallas Mavericks

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The Lakers don't have to fret anymore whether Lamar Odom will report to training camp.

No, the Lakers didn't acquire New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul. In fact, they actually pulled out of the three-team trade proposal involving New Orleans and Houston. Instead, Odom will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for their first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft. The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported it's unclear whether the Lakers made that move simply to dump Odom's $17 million salary or use the added funds somehow to acquire Paul or Dwight Howard.

It's a horrendous move if it's just a salary dump. He won the sixth-man-of-the-year award last season after averaging 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds, remained a locker room fixture and provided the Lakers with front court depth. Plus, the Lakers give the defending champion Mavericks added depth after losing Tyson Chandler to the Knicks.

PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years

But it's more likely a move represents something bigger ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers pulled out of the Paul deal so they can load up on Howard. It remains unclear how feasible that will be. The Lakers' $8.9 million trade exception can't be offered to absorb Hedo Turkoglu's contract worth over $11 million. But it could possibly be used to acquire a player they could present as part of their offer for Howard. 

For now, Laker fans don't have to worry if Odom missing training camp again. But no one outside of Kobe Bryant can fully breathe a sigh of relief on whether they'll remain on the Lakers' roster. Likewise, Laker fans shouldn't fully feel comfortable what direction the front office is taking this franchise. 

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Lamar Odom was disturbed that he was part of the voided Chris Paul trade and did not practice the first two days of Lakers training camp. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Lamar Odom explains why he was a no-show for Lakers practice

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Lamar Odom didn’t show up to the first day of Lakers practice Friday, and he said he’s not even sure if he’ll show up for Saturday’s practice, or when he’ll show up period.

Odom said had a “chat” with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Friday morning and informed him of his feelings.

Odom and Pau Gasol had both been traded Thursday, Odom to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul and Gasol to the Houston Rockets, who were going to send three players and draft picks to the Hornets.

PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years

But the NBA rescinded the trade, forcing all players to return to their teams, leaving Odom in a quandary.

“To me, I would think it’s better to stay away,” Odom told The Times on Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. “You know, the energy and all.

“I don’t know how it’s going to go right now. It’s a little weird.”

Odom said when a team does something, it’s called “business.” But when a player does something like not show up after being traded, it's called “unprofessional.”

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Odom said he still appreciates his time with the Lakers and still considers them family.

He was home resting, still pondering his situation.

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen overnight or it’s going to be a drawn-out process,” Odom said about either being traded or staying with the Lakers and attending practice.

“I don’t want to offend the sport and the professionalism. Right now, I’ll be a fan of the game from the distance. But as of right now, I just don’t know.”

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 -- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lamar Odom. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.

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