The Dallas Mavericks acquired Lamar Odom (born November 6, 1979 in New York, New York ), a 2012 second round draft pick and other second round considerations in 2013 from the Los Angeles Lakers, on December 11, 2011, in exchange for a protected first round draft pick.
Odom signed with UNLV out of high school but ran into immediate problems and never played a game for the Runnin' Rebels. After sitting out a year, he transferred to Rhode Island where, under coach Jim Harrick, he earned Honorable Mention Atlantic-10 Conference honors. The Rams won the conference title, defeating Temple on an Odom buzzer-beater. For the season, he appeared in 32 games averaging 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds.
He declared himself an early entrant for the NBA draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1999 draft. Odom made an immediate impact in the league as he averaged 16.6 points over 76 games his rookie season while being named to the league's All-Rookie First Team.
Seeing action in 76 games again his second season in the league, the 6'10 forward averaged a career-best 17.2 ppg. The next two years, however, proved to be injury-plagued seasons for Odom.
In 2001-2002 a sprained ligament in his right wrist limited Odom to only 29 games and a 13.1 ppg average. Again the next season a combination of a sore right wrist and sore right ankle cost Odom the final 29 games of the season. He left the Clippers at that point and signed a free agent contract with the Miami Heat on August 26, 2003.
Following a good year on South Beach, where he averaged 17.1 points, the Heat traded Odom along with Caron Butler, Brian Grant, a future first and second round draft pick on July 14, 2004 in exchange for center Shaquille O'Neal.
It was with the Lakers that Odom's career really began to flourish. In 2004-2005 he averaged a double-double posting 15.2 ppg and 10.2 rpg averages despite missing 17 games to a strained left shoulder.
His next two seasons had equally high numbers although the injury bug bit again in 2006-2007 when a sprained right MCL cost the 6'10 forward 21 games.
Odom was a constant force with the Lakers, on both ends of the floor, for seven seasons. He was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2010-2011 which would prove to be his final year in L.A. Following a successful season for Odom, but one that ended when the Lakers were swept in the playoffs by the Mavericks, changes were coming to Los Angeles.
Shortly before the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 campaign began, it was announced that Odom was going to be included in a trade to the New Orleans Hornets which would send Chris Paul to L.A. However, the league nixed the trade and within days it was announced that Odom would be sent to the Mavericks in return for a first round draft pick and the team's 8.9 million dollar trade exception.
Following a difficult offseason which included a death in his family and an automobile accident, Odom never got into the groove in the 11-12 campaign. His play was at best mediocre and at worst lethargic. He never seemed to get into the groove of coach Rick Carlisle's offense. It was not uncommon for Odom to hear catcalls from the home fans.
On Easter Sunday 2012, Odom and the Mavericks worked out an agreement whereby he would walk away from the team, who intended to list him as "inactive" for the remaining games. With that the drama, both on-and-off the court came to an end.
In a statement to ESPN, Odom said, "The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it's in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team. I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us but I wich the Mavericks organization, my teammates and the Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship."
While with the team, Odom saw action in 50 games averaging only 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
The Lamar Odom/Dallas Mavericks saga came to an official end on June 29, 2012 when the Mavs sent Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a four-team trade that saw Dallas receive the draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic from Utah and cash considerations from Houston.
Basically a non-factor for the Clippers, Odom was not signed prior to the 2013-2014 season but finally landed a gig in Spain in February playing for Baskonia.
Married to Khloe Kardashian, Odom was part of the E Channel reality series, "Khloe and Lamar". It followed the couple on their various adventures and included scenes of Odom making, and attempting to adjust to, his move to Dallas. The series ended in 2012. Their marriage ended in 2014.