The Lamar Odom saga took another unpredictable twist Thursday with ESPN.com's Marc Stein reporting that Odom is indeed on his way back to the Dallas Mavericks, but with a likely detour first to the club's D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, up the road in Frisco.
Odom is expected to practice with the Legends on Friday and then play with the team against the Austin Toros on Saturday. The assignment, a source told Stein, is to help Odom "get his legs back under him."
Earlier Thursday, the team put out an announcement that Odom would not join the Mavs in New Orleans on Friday and planned another update Saturday.
What a bizarre week it's been. Odom will miss his fourth consecutive game since taking leave of the team last Wednesday before the Mavs played his old team, the Lakers. He left to tend to his father, who was ill. But then Odom doesn't return, rumors spiral that he wants buyout and now the 13-year vet is headed to the D-League.