The Los Angeles Lakers have traded a 2012 2nd round draft pick, and Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks.
In exchange, they receive a 2012 first round draft pick, and an $8.9 million trade exception.
The Lakers have released this official statement:
Lamar was a fine player for us in his seven years with the Lakers and was a key to helping us win two championships,” said Kupchak. “In addition, he always conducted himself with class and professionalism and we wish him well in the remainder of his career.”
A 12-year NBA veteran, Odom has averaged 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 829 career games over 12 NBA seasons. In 519 games (382 starts) with the Lakers, Odom posted career averages of 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
According to Kevin Ding from the O.C. Register, Lamar Odom requested a trade Friday: “Odom requested a trade Friday, feeling unwanted. Lakers didn’t want disgruntled Odom at his salary.”
Lamar Odom, who earlier stated that he was in “disbelief” from what transpired late Thursday night, showed up 90-minutes late to Friday’s practice, met with Mitch Kupchak for about 15 minutes, then left without speaking to the media. Shortly after, he told the L.A. Times that “it’s better to stay away” from the Lakers facility.
Odom was clearly upset that the Lakers agreed to trade him to New Orleans. An emotional Lamar Odom was heard in an interview on Thursday night explaining his initial thoughts.
He ends his Lakers career with 519 games which ranks 18th in Lakers franchise history.