Mavericks punt Lamar Odom back to L.A., but probably not back to the Lakers

The Dallas Mavericks cut ties with versatile forward Lamar Odom, planning to list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of releasing him. It means the Lakers can’t re-acquire him unless it’s through a trade in conjunction with the June 29 draft.

The Lakers traded Odom to the Mavericks in December for a first-round draft pick and an $8.9-million trade exception after he pushed to be dealt when the team tried and failed to deal him to the Hornets for point guard Chris Paul.

Odom, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2010-11, struggled from the start with the defending champion Mavericks. Kobe Bryant said last month that the Mavericks hadn’t figured out how to use Odom, adding that he hoped they never figured out how to do it.