LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Lamar Odom #7 of the Dallas Mavericks gets an ovation from the crowd includin actor Jack Nicholson as he enters the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Dallas Mavericks have assigned power forward Lamar Odom to the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.
Since he last played in a game for the Mavericks, there has been growing speculation that Odom wasn't happy in Dallas and was seeking a buyout from another team.
Odom originally told the team he needed to leave for a few days to tend to a personal family matter.
Odom is expected to play Saturday night when the Legends battle the Austin Toros in Frisco.
Here is more from the Mavericks:
Odom (6-10, 230) has played in 32 games with the Mavericks and is averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.4 minutes. He is shooting .357 (89-249 FGs) from the field, .259 (22-85 3FGs) from 3-point range and .577 (45-78 FTs) from the free throw line. The 12-year pro has missed the last three games due to a family matter.
The Mavericks acquired Odom on Dec. 11, 2011 along with a 2012 second round pick and other second round considerations in 2013 from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a protected first round draft pick.