From day one, Lamar Odom’s time in Dallas hasn’t worked out well. And it’s coming to an end early.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had noticed Lamar Odom’s uninspired play numerous times before, and kept hoping things would change.  He was also often late for team activities such as practices and meetings. It was reported Odom lived minutes away from where practice was held.

It took one reply by Odom during a heated halftime exchange in his last game, when Cuban questioned the player’s commitment to the team and Odom told him to quit playing games, to realize it was time for the two sides to part ways.

”Just his response to it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Every player does. We tried to put him in a position to succeed. … It didn’t work,” Cuban said Tuesday night, his first public comments since the team confirmed a day earlier that Odom was done in Dallas.

Odom’s averages of 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in his underwhelming 50-game stint in Dallas were career lows.  Odom left the Mavs earlier in the season for personal reasons, one where his 24-year-old cousin was murdered last summer only days before the player was involved in a fatal car accident that killed a teen pedestrian after the car he was riding in as a passenger collided with a motorcycle. But he returned to the team.

Odom, the husband and reality TV co-star of Khloe Kardashian, still has a year left on his four-year contract.  Odom will leave the team immediately and will just be listed as inactive for the remainder of the season, meaning Dallas could trade him after the playoffs during the draft. If anyone bites on Odom though, that team would have to buy him out for $2.4 million by June 29, otherwise they will take on his $8.2 million for the 2012-13 season.

~AP

Posted By: @BrookLynnDiva

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