2012 NBA Playoffs: Lamar Odom Won't Receive Any Playoff-Money from Dallas Mavericks
Lamar Odom is coming off the most disastrous season of his NBA career, failing to do anything for...
Dallas could have really used his help if he was on top of his game like he was during the previous season, winning the Sixth Man award as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Instead, the Mavericks got swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team gathered together and had a vote, saying that he will not be a part of the team's share in the playoff money.
Odom will be missing out on $14,000.
"If the Lamar thing would have worked out and if he would have played like the year before when he was the best sixth man, I think we would have had a shot," Dirk Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas. "It would have given us another playmaker, another guy that's long, that can defend and rebound.
"But for whatever reason the stuff he was going through off the court was just too much. He couldn't help us the way he wanted, the way we wanted, and we had to move on without him."
Odom finished the season with 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, way off from the previous season of 14.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Odom even got into a fight with team owner Mark Cuban, which led to his release. However, Cuban says he would have done the trade for the forward again if he could do this whole process all over again.
"I'd do the exact same thing all over," Cuban said. "You go for it. You hit on those things sometimes, and sometimes they don't work. ... He wasn't the first player that didn't work, and he won't be the last."
I don't really think Odom is entirely worried on missing out on that money. He is already looking to probably return to Los Angeles. Plus, he has other things going for him.
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