Lamar Odom to Play for Dallas Mavericks D-League Team As He Attempts to Return to NBA Following Absence

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To say that Lamar Odom's season hasn't gone the way he wanted is an understatement.

Odom was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks, and has been unhappy since joining the defending world champions, struggling to make any sort of impact.

Now, the Dallas forward is taking another step back, as Odom will be playing for the Mavericks' D-League team, the Texas Legends, this Saturday, according to ESPN.

Odom is reportedly the one who came up with the idea to play with the Legends as he tries to make his way back to the NBA. The former Laker has been out of action since Feb. 20, when he left the Mavericks to head back to Los Angeles to visit his ill father.

One year removed from winning the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, Odom has been a disappointment for the Mavericks, averaging 7.7 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game, well below his career averages.

Odom's disappointing play has been traced back to the trade from Los Angeles, which clearly upset the two-time champion. Odom is rumored to have asked for a buyout from his current contract to play for either the Celtics or the Nets.

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