In the Take It For What It's Worth Department . . .
The blog Hoops Authority has a source that says Lamar Odom -- traded by the Lakers to Dallas prior to the start of the season, and averaging a career-low 7.7 points per game with the Mavs -- is seeking a buyout and is "set on taking his talents to the Boston Celtics or New Jersey Nets".
Dallas owner Mark Cuban told espndallas.com that there is "no chance" the Mavs will offer Odom a buyout, but Hoops Authority says it has "confirmed" Odom made the buyout request.
Odom, bothered by the death of a younger cousin in the offseason, was out of shape when he reported to Dallas and has yet to find his rhythm with the Mavs. He won the NBA Sixth Player of the Year award last season with the Lakers.