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Lamar Odom On Trade From Lakers: ‘Basically Ended My Career and Purpose’

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Back in 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks and now, years later, Odom is still irked about the trade that he believes ended his career.

“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom said in an interview with Shams Charania of The Vertical.

“I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.”

Odom, to this day, doesn’t understand the reasoning behind the trade.

“I got traded the season after we lost to Dallas in the playoffs and I had won Sixth Man of the Year for the team” Odom contended.

“To trade me after winning Sixth Man of the Year … what else do I got to do? Why? I think about it all the time, about how much I had left in the tank.”

Odom played 50 games for the Mavericks in 2011-12 and then rejoined the Los Angeles Clippers (who drafted him in 1999) in 2012-13 before joining the Euroleague.

There is talk of the Lakers signing Odom so that he can officially retire a Laker.

 

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Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento

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Sacramento Kings point guard Yogi Ferrell recently joined the team on a two-year, $6.2 million contract, abruptly backing out of a prior agreement with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, who offered him a two-year $5.3 million pact.

Ferrell explained his decision during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.

“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” Ferrell explained. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”

Ferrell averaged 10.2 ppg last season after working hard to earn a contract with the Mavericks, coming from the NBA’s D-League.

“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”

“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”

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Mavericks To Sign Dirk Nowitzki To One-Year, $5 Million Contract

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The Dallas Mavericks will sign Dirk Nowitzki to a one-year $5 million contract which will be for Nowitzki’s record-setting 21st season with the same team, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

The new deal has been setup for nearly a week and the legendary forward will sign soon.

Nowitzki expressed desire to return for one last season and has intended to to finish his career with the only organization he has ever played for.

Nowitzki is recovering from ankle surgery and is hoping to be ready to go by training camp.

 

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Yogi Ferrell Backing Out Of Mavs Deal

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What seemed like a done deal is apparently not, as Yogi Ferrell is reportedly backing out of his deal with the Dallas Mavericks to go back into free agency, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The Mavs and Ferrell agreed to a two-year, $5.3M deal on Thursday, but his agent says that they are opting hit free agency in search of a better deal.

“We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options,” Ferrell’s agent, Cervando Tejeda, said.

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