Lamar Odom has had a tumultuous year. He was traded from his adopted hometown of Los Angeles and then failed miserably and was subsequently banished from the Dallas Mavericks.
Now, there are just a few more days left for his current organization to make a major decision. The Mavs can take on Odom’s $8.2 million cap figure for next season (not happening), trade him (we’ll get to this) or buy him out for $2.4 million (most likely).
Because Dallas has absolutely no incentive, reason or anything whatsoever to gain from keeping him around, they will have no choice but to cut Odom loose before his contract kicks in for the 2012-13 season.
With that a known fact around the league, it would be borderline insane for a rival GM to help out the 2011 NBA champions by trading for Odom and his ridiculous contract.
Lamar is going to be a coveted free agent, surely, but he will not command a price tag that is anywhere near that $8.2 million figure. If a team is interested in Odom’s services, it can simply wait until he is on the open market and make a bid for him.
The only team that would possibly want to trade for the former Sixth Man of the Year is the Lakers, who will not be able to sign him as a free agent until December, when he will likely be snatched up by another organization.
If Dallas and Odom both agree to push back the buyout deadline to some point in July, they could potentially facilitate a trade with the Lakers, but the likeliness of that is slim.
Any team that decides to make a deal for Lamar Odom would be making a huge mistake.