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NBA roundup: Odom, Mavericks part ways

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The Dallas Mavericks and forward Lamar Odom have chosen to part ways, effective immediately.

Odom, 32, is averaging a career-low 6.6 points per game on .352 shooting since coming over from the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade for a first-round draft pick and an $8.9 million trade exception. He was originally slated to be traded to New Orleans in a deal for Chris Paul before NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the deal.

Odom and Mavericks officials worked out the terms of the separation over Easter Sunday. According to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein, team sources indicated that Odom will be listed as inactive for the rest of the season instead of being released. He could still be traded after the season, although any team that has him on the roster on June 29 will be on the hook for either a $2.4 million buyout or Odom's $8.2 million salary for 2012-13.

---The New Orleans Hornets announced on Monday that point guard Jarrett Jack will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Jack, 28, has had a career year for the Hornets, posting career highs in points per game (15.6), assists per game (6.3), rebounds per game (3.9), and free throw percentage (.872).

---The Dallas Mavericks have recalled guard Kelenna Azubuike from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, filling the roster spot vacated by Lamar Odom.

Azubuike, 28, has played seven games for the Legends, averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in just under 13 minutes per contest.

---Lester Hudson has earned himself another opportunity with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The team announced Monday that it had signed the former Tennessee-Martin standout to a second 10-day contract, one day after the 27-year-old guard scored a career high 26 points in an overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets.

---Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph missed the team's shootaround on Monday following a car accident in Memphis, but was scheduled to play on Monday night when the Grizzlies host the Los Angeles Clippers.

The news that Randolph is expected to play was reported on the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Twitter account for Grizzlies coverage (@CAGrizBlog). Randolph, 30, is averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies this season, which has seen him limited to 18 games by a knee injury.

--- The New Jersey Nets have signed guard Armon Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson played 38 games for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010-2011, averaging 2.9 points, but he played in just one NBA game this season, logging five minutes and scoring two points for the Blazers.

He has spent most of the season with the Idaho Stampede of the Development League.
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