Lamar Odom Asked Mavericks For Buyout In February, According To Report

Mar, 5, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Lamar Odom (7) looks to pass the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) and guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

The drama with Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks could have been over in February if the team had agreed to buy out his contract.

Lamar Odom hasn't just been unproductive for the Dallas Mavericks this season after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers. The man has been downright disinterested and sought a buyout from the team just last month, according to a report by Yahoo Sports.

"Ten months after he was named the NBA's 2011 Sixth Man of the Year, Odom has had the worst season of his career, averaging 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 35.1 percent. His commitment also has been questioned: Odom sought a buyout from the Mavericks last month, but was rebuffed by owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson, a league source said." - Marc J. Spears

Odom disputes that he no longer has the passion to play basketball, but his relationship with the Mavericks organization is nothing quite like it was with the Lakers, or at least that is what this quote indicates.

"You're comfortable because it's never too personal," Odom said. "I've only been here for so long that it can't be bad. It is what is. It's a working relationship."

For more news and information on the Dallas Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball.

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