DALLAS -- The dreaded acquisition of Lamar Odom three years ago could come back to haunt the Dallas Mavericks -- again.
While Odom basically was a no-show in less than a season with the Mavs, the deal may end up costing the Mavs a first-round pick in the June NBA Draft.
If 10 teams finish ahead of the Mavs in the NBA, they'll be able to keep the pick. If not, they'll lose the pick, because the Mavs would owe a Top 20 protected pick to Oklahoma City.
As of now there are only eight teams ahead of the Mavs in the NBA standings. But coach Rick Carlisle isn't worried about losing a draft pick, especially since he rarely plays rookies any substantial minutes way.
"Who cares?,'' Carlisle said of the possibilitiy of losing the first-round pick. "This (2014) draft ain't that good.
"It’s more important to be playing this time of year and competing than worrying about the 20-something pick in the draft. That guy ain't going to help us much next year, regardless.''
In addition to bashing the 2014 draft, Carlisle also wasn't in to bashing Odom, who played 50 uneventful games for Dallas during the 2011-'12 season.
"Is that a bash Odom question, because I’m not into that either,'' Carlisle said. "I like draft picks as much as the next guy, but that ain't helping us win on Wednesday or this weekend.''
-- Dwain Price
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