Usually there’s one silver lining to getting bounced from the NBA playoffs in round one: You still get a share of the revenue generated by your team’s appearance in the postseason, generally a handsome five-figure check. But that’s not the case for Lamar Odom — according to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks players voted to cut Odom out of their playoff money.
A source confirmed to Caplan that Odom will miss out on about a $14,000 playoff share — pocket change considering that Odom made a base salary of $8.9 million this season, but still a meaningful symbolic gesture to say Odom’s services in Dallas were not appreciated.
“If the Lamar thing would have worked out and if he would have played like the year before when he was the best sixth man, I think we would have had a shot,” Mavs teammate Dirk Nowitzki said. “It would have given us another playmaker, another guy that’s long, that can defend and rebound.
“But for whatever reason, the stuff he was going through off the court was just too much. He couldn’t help us the way he wanted, the way we wanted, and we had to move on without him.”
Odom had a miserable season with the Mavericks, averaging just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game. The Mavs decided to shut Odom down for good on April 9; he was inactive as the Mavs were swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.