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Before the veto, the trade would have sent Odom and Gasol to New Orleans for CP3. Gasol would have then been sent to the Rockets for Scola, Martin, Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick.
The damage was done despite the trade being blocked by the commissioner. Lamar Odom didn't deserve this and he showed his disgust by not attending the first day of training camp. He did however make a quick stop to Kupchak's office to let him know, "Hey you can trade me now".
Two days later, Odom is now a Dallas Maverick. The Candy Man w/ a 2012 second-round draft pick and some throw in's for the 2013 draft, was sent to Dallas for an $8.9 million trade exception and a protected first-round pick.
What do the Lakers gain from trading Odom? More fire power for Howard I guess but that's it. First off, the Lakers lose the reigning 6th Man of the Year, a 14pt, 9reb contribution coming off the bench and a big chunk of the working element to this team's chemistry. This is definitely a sad day for Laker fans as they just lost their #1 reserve. If the Lakers don't at least land Howard because of this trade, losing Odom for practically nothing will be the most epic fail in franchise history.
To think Odom's last game as a Laker was against the Mavs. In fact he was ejected from that game just as he's being ejected from the team today. Cue video...
Lamar you have a strong following and no matter where you suit up, you will always be a Laker. You will be missed and thank you for everything.