Throughout his entire career, Lamar Odom has faced doubts about his performance, aggressiveness and will to win. Not once has his talent ever been in question.
Now, at 32 years old, Odom has parted ways with the Dallas Mavericks and will remain unemployed until the playoffs are over and the offseason begins.
The decision to release Odom came after his worst season by far—6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game.
It was clearly not working out in Dallas, but Odom is only one year removed from his 14.4-point, 8.6-rebound (per game) output of the 2010-2011 season, for which he earned Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Odom still has plenty of good basketball left, and many teams could use his talents as they try to make a push for a championship. Here are the five teams that should (but are not) targeting Odom in the upcoming offseason, in no particular order.
Note: These predictions are based on a few different factors—team need for Odom, location and the group that would be surrounding him. He is very temperamental, and needs to be surrounded by players that will support him and welcome him into the fold. This rules out a young team like Washington, who could certainly use Odom but also has a variety of youth and maturity issues.