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Lamar Odom Returns To Mavericks, With D-League Visit Canceled

Lamar Odom returned to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday instead of taking a one-day trip to the D-League.

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Lamar Odom D-League Visit Canceled As Forward Will Reportedly Return To Mavericks

Lamar Odom will not play for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League on Saturday, and will instead suit up for the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report by Marc Stein and Jeff Caplan of ESPN.com. It's the latest bizarre turn in a couple of bizarre weeks for the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, who was traded to Dallas in December after he bristled at a broken-down trade to the New Orleans Hornets attempted by the L.A. Lakers.

There was no specific reason given as to why the plans for Odom's return changed, other than the fact that the Mavericks have lost four straight games. The Hornets beat the Mavericks on Friday.

The news came a day after Mavs coach Rick Carlisle criticized Odom, saying the franchise's "patience has worn thin." What exactly has led to the current situation remains a mystery.

For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Lamar Odom To Play 1 Game In D-League Before Mavericks Return, According To Report

Lamar Odom will practice with and play one game for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League before returning to the Dallas Mavericks, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Odom has been away from the team for just over a week, reportedly tending to his sick father. He missed a game against the L.A. Lakers, his former team, last Thursday, and hasn't been with the Mavericks since All-Star Weekend ended.

Odom's had a bizarre season after being included in the killed Chris Paul-Lakers trade in December, reacting poorly to the turn of events and eventually being shipped to Dallas for nothing. Odom's been far from himself on the court, averaging career lows across the board.

The Legends have a business relationship with the Mavericks, allowing closer cooperation than in many D-League cases. But Odom would be the biggest name to ever do a rehab stint in the D-League, even if just for one game. The Legends are based in Frisco and play the Austin Toros -- the Spurs' affiliate -- at home on Saturday.

For more on Odom and the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Lamar Odom Contract Buyout Unlikely After Forward Left Mavericks For Personal Reasons

Lamar Odom didn't return to the Dallas Mavericks following NBA All-Star Weekend and, according to the team, they aren't sure when he'll return. He will need to return, however, as owner Mark Cuban has said the Mavs won't do a buy-out of Odom's contract.

Odom left the team last Wednesday, skipping a game against his former Los Angeles Lakers teammates, to tend to his ailing father. He isn't expected to be in uniform when the Mavericks play the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, but Cuban told ESPN Dallas that Odom will have to return eventually.

"We haven't discussed a buyout and we wouldn't do a buyout. No chance that happens at all," Cuban said. "We want to help Lamar work through any personal issues and expect him to be a valuable contributor to the Mavs this season. Players go through challenges from time to time and we try to be (an) organization that fully supports our players when things are challenging for them. We will do the same for Lamar."

Hopefully everything is OK on the homefront for Odom and he's able to return to the Mavs sooner rather than later.

For more on Dallas, be sure to visit Mavs Moneyball.

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