Lamar Odom trade rumors have started to surface at the same time rumors about a buyout from the Dallas Mavericks have begun floating around. Odom still doesn't seem happy in Dallas, especially with how shocking the trade was from the Los Angeles Lakers. This had fed into all of the rumors, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban quelled some of them already.
According to ESPN, Cuban has no real interest in buying out Odom. According to Cuban, "We haven't discussed a buyout and we wouldn't do a buyout. No chance that happens at all. We want to help Lamar work through any personal issues and expect him to be a valuable contributor to the Mavs this season."
That's a pretty important statement about Odom and it should definitely put a stop to all the buyout rumors. Cuban wants his asset to start playing good basketball and the Mavericks would certainly benefit from having a happy Odom providing that familiar spark off the bench. They may re-visit making a trade in the offseason, but for now Odom is going to become an important cog in how far the Mavericks can make it in the 2012 Western Conference Playoffs.
Odom has a team option for the 2012-13 season at $8.2 million, so Cuban could bring him back or trade him at some point in the offseason. If the team is really going after Deron Williams and Dwight Howard in the free agent market, then Odom has to go, but if the Mavericks are unsuccessful in landing one of those two, Odom could become a valuable member of the team.
Do you think that the Dallas Mavericks should simply trade Lamar Odom now? Can the Mavericks compete for another NBA title with Odom coming off the bench?