Lamar Odom Leaves Dallas Mavericks For Personal Reasons, According To Report

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 25: Lamar Odom #7 of the Dallas Mavericks leaves the court after being ejected during the NBA season opening game at American Airlines Center on December 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lamar Odom has left the Dallas Mavericks, reportedly to tend to his ill father, but there may be something else going on.

The Dallas Mavericks have announced that forward Lamar Odom has left the team for personal reasons, and ESPN Dallas is reporting that he's tending to his father, who is currently ill.

Sports Illustrated spoke with Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle, who confirmed that Odom likely won't be playing Tuesday night against the New Jersey Nets, the team's first game after the All-Star break.

"Lamar is not here today," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Monday. "He is still dealing with a family matter and the hope is he'll join us soon, and we'll update you when there's an update."

SI's Zach Lowe tweeted Monday night that "something fishy" was going with Odom, saying that there were "rumblings" in Orlando during All-Star weekend. It's not worth speculating about that at this point, but something may break in the next few days.

Odom has struggled this year in Dallas after a brief but tumultuous offseason, and he's averaging just 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds this year.

For updates and info on Odom and the other Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball.

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