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When NBA commissioner David Stern put a stop on the Los Angeles Lakers' attempt to land Chris Paul in exchange for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, the team was left in an uncomfortable position. Odom felt so insulted by the trade deal that after it fell through last Thursday, the seven-year Lakers forward requested to be traded anyway.
"You don't want to go to no place you're not wanted," Odom told the Los Angeles Times when he learned about the Lakers' goal to send him to the New Orleans Hornets for the season. "I’m just in total disbelief about all of this. They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I was proud to be a Laker, so I’ll try to help them in the process as much as possible."
But he was a no-show at the Lakers' training camp on Friday and Saturday and expressed his wish to be traded during a meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak. Despite Kupchak's advice to stick around (perhaps to help the team leverage another deal for Paul), Odom was eventually traded to the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night.
When a move to New Orleans was up in the air, Odom's wife Khloe Kardashian said she was ready to follow her husband wherever the NBA sent him. So what does she think about their soon-to-be new home in Dallas?
"I am blessed and happy anywhere as long as I am with my family!" she said via Twitter. "God is great!! Blessed beyond words! I love ALL of my dolls!"
"I know for a fact blessings are everywhere!!!" Kardashian later responded to a fan's tweet. "Everything happens for a reason. God is great."
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