Mark Cuban put to rest speculation that Lamar Odom wants the Dallas Mavericks to buy him otu of his contract so he can go play for the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We're not going to buy out anybody,'' Cuban said before Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Nets. "There's no reaosn to and we're not going to do it.

"I say that purely just to shut the questions up.''

But the questions kept coming, since Odom missed last Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Mavs have already announced that he'll miss tonight's game against the Nets and Wednesday's game in Memphis.