Should Mavs Have To Pay Underachieving Odom?

Sports 2012/04/12 16:00:00
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The Dallas Mavericks didn't get their money's worth when they traded for former Sixth Man of The Year Lamar Odom this season. And that's a huge understatement. Odom was a player that could have given the defending NBA championships depth, a solid bench player, and even some rest for team leader Dirk Nowitzki. That didn't happen -- and then some.

Odom's heart never seemed to be in Dallas, despite owner Mark Cuban paying him millions of dollars. Now, Odom has been deactivated for the rest of the season and postseason, yet the Mavericks will still have to pay for his roster spot. Wait... what?! That's crazy talk! Well, apparently, basketball legend Charles Barkley agrees.

"It's a joke..........To sit at home and make that kind of money really pisses me off, to be honest with you, for the effort that he put out there," Barkley said in a recent ESPN Radio interview. "He's going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars these next two paychecks. ... That's not fair to the Mavs. It's not fair to the game of basketball...I'm just disappointed in Lamar."

Do you echo Barkley's sentiment about Odom? Should NBA teams really have to pay up if a player doesn't live up to expectations -- or doesn't even make an effort to? Lamar Odom's payday may not be right, but look on the bright side, Mavs fans. At least you can say the Kardashians showed up to some of your games, right? We kid.

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  • MrFabulous47 2012/04/16 22:10:58
    If this stiff had a normal job and didn't perform as expected; he would be let go with absolutely no chance of collecting any income other than for the days he was there. Of course I live in Pennsylvania, which is an "At Will" employment state.
  • Manster 2012/04/13 20:22:13
    Yes, they should have to pay him.A contract is a contract.
  • Tony 2012/04/13 18:59:00
    It the Mavs's own fault for not putting achievement clauses in the contracts of players.
  • Mike 2012/04/13 17:55:19
    Depends on his contract - is there a performance clause, injury clause etc
  • fireware0062 2012/04/13 17:26:12
    I think the sign at the top says it all!! getting paid millions for doing nothing!
  • bozo 2012/04/13 16:48:28
    what a waste
  • jacktown kid 2012/04/13 15:21:43
    jacktown kid
    Yes they should
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/04/13 09:20:14
  • ♥ Jaded ♥ 2012/04/13 06:54:59
    ♥ Jaded ♥
    I honestly don't care... I liked the picture though. It made me giggle. :)
  • jiggy 2012/04/13 04:48:08
    Contractual obligations are a bitch sometimes.
  • Corsair 2012/04/13 04:29:43 (edited)
    As much as it pains me to say it, yes. It doesn't say he has to leave without pay in the contract. They didn't say that he will not be paid for his absences. They should have contract further to say, "in the event of a leave of absence, or leave of contract termination cancellation, poor performance resulting in deactivation from the roster, those times will not be paid for." It's the management's fault for not covering their asses.

    I understand where Barkley is coming from. Hell, I love the Lakers. If Odom played like he did this season had he still been with the Lakers I would have been equally as mad as Barkley. And even then I would say Odom deserves to get paid because his contract doesn't say he can't.

    Of course this would probably mean that the CBA would have kicked in for him to get paid. I guess that means in the next negotiations they're going to have to bring this up as an issue if they want to clean up the CBA for the sake of both sides.
  • V~POTL~... Corsair 2012/04/13 18:02:51 (edited)
    Contracts have obligations for both sides. The Mavs are obligated to pay, but Odom is obligated to play to the best of his abilities.

    The world of sports contracts includes many people with big contracts who later develop big injuries. The team accepts a calculated risk -- they sign a player but he might break down. If that happens, the injured player gets paid. In many cases, the team will have an insurance policy to cover such a contingency.

    But not all performance problems are uncontrollable risks. There are situations where a player fails to maintain reasonable diet, athletic conditioning, participate in practice, etc. Sometimes the player becomes such an outcast that he stops making an effort on game day. Contracts can only go so far to spell out all of the situations that can lead to cancellation for non-performance. And of course, nothing stops the non-performer from claiming the root cause is an injury.

    Consider the case of Manny Ramirez. There were situations where Manny simply decided he didn't want to play. He claimed to be unavailable due to injury, so the Red Sox sent him for an MRI to disprove his various excuses. The team was dangerously close to voiding his contract for non-performance, sending a letter to his agent to that effect. Instead, they traded him to the Dodgers, where he managed to get himself suspended a year later for failing a drug test.
  • Corsair V~POTL~... 2012/04/13 19:01:48
    Good point.
  • BBoy legacy 2012/04/13 04:20:51
    BBoy legacy
    He did play for them right? Enough said.
  • mm61675 2012/04/13 04:19:17
  • S* 2012/04/13 03:20:51
    If his contract says that they should.
  • krazy4ne 2012/04/13 02:58:31
    mavs took a risk and it didnt work out so now they are paying for it.... literally
  • rick nissen 2012/04/12 23:30:53
    rick nissen
    my boss won't pay me to sit at home with no signs of returnin to work
  • S* rick ni... 2012/04/13 03:21:37
    you never produced like Odom.
  • Reggie☮ 2012/04/12 22:41:49
    There is a contract right
  • JERSEYDUDE 2012/04/12 22:33:08
    if youre not performing as you should at whatever type of job you have then you should either be fired or have a decrease in pay
  • Gregaj7 2012/04/12 22:11:39 (edited)
    Contract is contract. There were other ways of handling this, to the Mavs advantage, including a trade back to the Lakers.
  • robbt1 2012/04/12 21:27:08
    I mean... he's working for you. You have to pay him. That's just... it's so basic. Even the bench-riders get paid.
  • wolf sloan 2012/04/12 21:04:18
    wolf sloan
    If boxer did that, he'd be barred for life.
  • RachelsBoyfriend 2012/04/12 20:58:01
    No one should pay someone who wnt help the team in anyway
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/12 20:09:46
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    They the mavericks signed the contract.And he should get the money.He did not ask to be traded.The Lakers did it for him. Either release him or pay him to sit on his butt.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/04/12 19:35:33 (edited)
  • Will on the road again 2012/04/12 19:07:27
    Will on the road again
    You sign the contract you live with it. Barkley knows this very well.
  • S* Will on... 2012/04/13 03:31:21
    You live the contract you sign.
  • Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of P... 2012/04/12 19:04:26
  • Melizmatic 2012/04/12 18:50:03 (edited)
    Unless his legally binding contract specifically stated that his wages were forfeit if his performance didn't live up to their expectations, then YES, they have to pay him.
  • Caedus01 Sith Lord of the P... 2012/04/12 18:49:00
    Caedus01 Sith Lord of the PHAET
    It's called a CONTRACT hell yes. We've all paid for stuff we weren't satisfied with
  • Melizmatic Caedus0... 2012/04/12 18:50:39
    I know, right?
  • The Sane One 2012/04/12 18:43:00
    The Sane One
    They signed the contract, and there is no performance clause in the contract. He could sit on the bench and be paid.

    Of course, nobody in their right mind would sign Odom again.
  • Fred 2012/04/12 18:32:06
    Its not that he was underachieving ... he just didnt care . Never really tried ... too busy with his wife Kardashean BS
  • ☆SPIDERPIECES☆: HERO of PHAET 2012/04/12 18:31:16
    He's still under contract with the team. If they don't want to pay him, then they should outright release him.
  • Melizmatic ☆SPIDER... 2012/04/12 18:50:50
  • keliffa 2012/04/12 18:20:13
    He is a failure but you take a risk when you bargain for a player. He was ruined the moment he married that whale.
  • Takara 2012/04/12 18:16:49
    Umm noooo! I don't get paid if I don't feel like coming into work. And I for damn sure don't continue to get paid after I have been fired from a job. He has essentially been fired!
  • Farnsworth 2012/04/12 18:05:45
    Mav's were idiots for taking this Laker $h!t stick. He doesn't want to play for the Mav's, he wants to be in LA sucking Kobe's "Black Mamba"

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