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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Lamar Odom is speaking out one day after the NBA denied a three-team trade that would have sent him to New Orleans.
The move would have also sent Paul Gasol to Houston and Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Lakers.
A disappointed Odom, who showed up 90 minutes late to training camp Friday and then left early after meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak , tells the Los Angeles Times he didn’t believe initial reports that the Lakers agreed to trade him to the Hornets.
“They don’t want my services, for whatever reason,” Odom told the Times. “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.”
He also told ESPN that his reality television career with wife Khloe Kardashian may have angered Lakers officials.
Gasol, who attended practice Friday, also hinted that Thursday had been a rough day:
“It’s been a crazy day but as always I’m going to be & stay positive,” he tweeted. “Thanks everyone for your appreciation and support.”
Paul also skipped training camp Friday with the Hornets, according to a report by CBSSports.com senior writer Ken Berger.
Paul is said to be “fuming” over the blocked trade and is considering legal action.