|Report: Mavericks, Lamar Odom parting ways||04.09.12 at 11:21 am ET|
After the Mavericks lost several key players in the offseason, including Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler, the team’s acquisition of Lamar Odom was viewed as a key move in the right direction for the reigning NBA champions. But with not even a full condensed NBA season complete, the Mavericks and the struggling Odom have agreed to part ways, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Sources told Stein that while Odom’s departure from the team will be immediate, the Mavericks intend to list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of releasing him, thus leaving open the possibility of trading him after the season. Another source told Stein that the decision allows Odom a chance to “clear his head and start getting ready for next season.”
In a statement to ESPN.com, Odom announced that he and the Mavericks had come to a decision to part ways and also expressed remorse that his time in Dallas did not go as well as he and others expected.
“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in the statement. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”
This season, statistically, has been the worst of Odom’s 13-year career, as he is averaging career lows in scoring (6.6 points per game), rebounds (4.1 per game), field goal percentage (35.2 percent), assists (1.7 per game) and minutes (20.5 per game).
|Mavericks forward Caron Butler has season-ending surgery||01.04.11 at 3:26 pm ET|
Caron Butler, the Dallas Mavericks third-leading scorer, had surgery to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon, thus ending his season. The one-time UConn star was averaging 15 points, and four rebounds a game for the Mavericks who have the second-best record in the Western Conference (behind the Spurs) at 25-8.
Butler suffered the injury Saturday against Milwaukee. The Mavericks are also without Dirk Nowitzki, but he is expected to return soon from a sprained knee.
|Caron Butler could miss two months for Mavericks||01.03.11 at 10:05 am ET|
Mavericks forward Caron Butler, injured during Saturday night’s loss to the Bucks, was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon and could miss two months or more, according to an Associated Press report.
The team was awaiting results of an MRI before making an announcement.
The Mavericks already are missing Dirk Nowitzki, who has missed three games with a sprained knee. Dallas is 0-3 in those games.
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