Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Dallas Maverick - Lamar Odom

Photo credit: AP
ESPN.com reports that Lamar Odom WANTED to leave L.A. I mean do you blame the guy? Why would he want to stay with a team that didn't give the courtesy of a phone call to let him know, "Hey we might be trading you".

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.

2 comments :

  1. I'm with you regarding Lamar. The guy gave us a good 7 seasons, but especially the last 3. But this shouldn't have come as a surprise to him, at least in a way where he's been so emotional about the parting.

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  2. Hey Ezra. Whats up man? Dude what is going on? First the great news that the season is back on board, then the veto and now this?

    Whats going to happen first? The Lakers blowing up or the world in 2012?

    Where is this light at the end of the tunnel that everyone is talking about? We now have as much depth as a kiddie pool.

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