Newly acquired Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom said that he felt “disrespected” by the Los Angeles Lakers after they attempted to move him in part of a three-team trade for Chris Paul, ESPN Dallas reports.
“I felt a little disrespected. After being here for so long and going through so many things, I felt like they could have just told me and I probably would have accepted it,” Odom said to ESPN Tuesday. “If someone is telling you that you can’t be here or there’s no more room for you, you got to understand that. I think because it’s just how they did it is the reason why I took it so personal.”
Odom skipped the first day of Lakers training camp Friday following the failed three-team trade attempt and was quickly traded away over the weekend to the Dallas Mavericks. The initial trade would have sent Odom to the Hornets, where he would have become one of the team’s top scorers. Instead he was shipped to Dallas where he will join the reigning NBA champions in their quest for their second title.
The packaging of Odom did not sit well with team superstar Kobe Bryant, who later told reporters that he didn’t like the move.
“To be honest with you, I don’t like it,” Kobe Bryant told reporters. “It’s tough to lose Lamar. Pau (Gasol) is still here, and we’re all thankful for that. It’s hard when you’ve been through so many battles with players to just see them go somewhere else. It’s tough.”