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Lamar Odom Rumors: Would Boston Celtics Have Interest If Odom Is Bought Out?

Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom has left the team for what is being termed "personal reasons," prompting some speculation as to whether the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year is headed for a contract buyout.

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Owner Mark Cuban has strongly denied the speculation, saying there is "no chance" the team buys out the multi-talented lefty. But if Odom does receive a buyout -- which, due to his $8.9 million price tag, was unlikely even before Cuban's strong words -- the Boston Celtics would likely have interest.

"I think so," said CSNNE analyst Donny Marshall. "I think they're looking for another one of those in-between guys. He's one of those guys who can play three different positions."

But Marshall would question whether Odom is in the right frame of mind to help a team.

"If I'm a GM, I'm thinking, 'If he wants to leave that situation, coming from a team that won a championship the year before, and the way they're playing it looks like they're headed back that way ...'

"I'm trying to think of his psyche. Why would he want to leave there and what would make him happy here that he's not getting there? I really don't understand it," said Marshall.

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