The Dallas Mavericks made the surprising decision yesterday to part ways with power forward Lamar Odom, deactivating him in the middle of a playoff race, and now we have a little hint as to why. Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein of ESPN report that Odom had heated words with Mark Cuban on Easter Sunday that led to the move.
"The crux of the heated halftime confrontation," they wrote, "was Cuban asking Odom if he was 'in or out.' Sources said Odom, who had played only four minutes in the first half, reacted angrily to the question and did not take his seat on the bench until after the third quarter began."
Odom has not been waived by the Mavericks -- he's technically still on their roster, and he's under contract next season for a cool $8.2 million. It remains to be seen whether the Mavs will look to trade Odom or buy him out after this season. Odom, traded from the L.A. Lakers in December after a botched attempt to move him to New Orleans for Chris Paul, was underwhelming this season as a Maverick. The former Sixth Man award winner averaged just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game.