Odom: Lakers can Admit Truth on Trade
Lamar Odom hasn’t played up to his talent – or his employer’s expectations – this season. He’ll admit that much. What he disputes, however, is that he’s lost his passion for basketball after joining the Dallas Mavericks.
Yet, with a little more than a month to go before the playoffs, the Mavericks remain hopeful Odom will get on track and help strengthen their bench as they try to defend their title – the precise reason they acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers before the start of the season.
“He seems to be more upbeat and involved,” the source said. “He’s trying now.”
The Lakers initially tried to trade Odom to the New Orleans Hornets in a deal for Chris Paul in December. The proposed trade upset Odom, and after the NBA vetoed the deal, Lakers officials said Odom told them he wanted out of L.A.
Odom now says the trade wasn’t his doing.
“Everybody knows that,” he said. “It was something that they were willing to get done no matter what. I think it is OK for them to admit that.”