Alternative title: Mark Cuban is a sneaky business wizard.
Right now, the Los Angeles Lakers would have to wait until December to have Lamar Odom play on their team, because according to league rules, he would have to wait a year. However, a scout.com report states:
"A highly-placed league insider tells us the Mavs are already pursuing a revision to Odom's contract that would move his deadline to buy out his last year at $2.4 million from June 29, 2012 to some time in July, a contractual change."
So what this means is with the extended contract, the Mavericks can trade Odom to the Lakers since the NBA year ends on June 30, and he can be traded since he'll still be within his contract. They also report:
He certainly isn't worth more than $8.2 million, especially with what an emotional liability he is, but if the Lakers want him back in time for the season, then they will have to consider this deal. However, it does seem like a high price to may for a man who threw a tantrum, demanded a trade, then quit on his new team last year.
"Even if the Lakers consider him worth more than $8.2 mil, all they have available is the aforementioned $3 million mini-MLE."