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Cuban refutes Odom buyout rumors as he misses game vs. Nets

Posted Feb 28 2012 8:28PM - Updated Feb 29 2012 6:04AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Lamar Odom wasn't with the Dallas Mavericks for their first game after the All-Star break Tuesday night, and was expected to miss at least one more game after that.

Odom missed the previous game Wednesday night before the break against his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Coach Rick Carlisle said then that Odom was excused for a family matter and would rejoin the team after the break.

The game against New Jersey on Tuesday night was the first of nine games in 12 days for Dallas. Carlisle said before the game that Odom would also miss Wednesday night's game at Memphis, and that he expected an update Thursday.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, without being specific on the reason for Odom's absence, said the team will do everything it can to support him and get him back.

Cuban also refuted rumors of a possible buyout of Odom's contract.

"I knew I'd get the question over and over again until I said I wouldn't do it," Cuban said, adding there hadn't even been a discussion about a buyout. "We want him to contribute. We want him to help."

Odom, a 13-year veteran who was the NBA Sixth Man of the Year last season for the Lakers, is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Those are some of the lowest numbers in his career. He missed only two of the 34 games before the All-Star break.

By missing the game against the Nets, Odom didn't play against Nets forward Kris Humphries, his brother-in-law for a short time last year.

Humphries and Kim Kardashian split up 72 days after their wedding that was chronicled on reality TV. Odom is married to Khloe Kardashian and their life is on display in another reality show.

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