Odom not back with Mavericks, no talk of buyout



DALLAS (AP) — Lamar Odom still hasn’t rejoined the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks resumed play after the All-Star break at home Tuesday night against New Jersey, the first of nine games in 12 days.

Odom missed the previous game Wednesday night before the break against his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Coach Rick Carlisle said then that Odom was excused for a family matter and would rejoin the team after the break.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, without being specific on the reason for Odom’s absence, says the team will do everything it can to support him and get him back.

Cuban also refuted rumors of a possible buyout of Odom’s contract.