The Twitterverse is aghast after Dallas Mavericks assigned forward Lamar Odom to its D-League affiliate, but users of the micro-blogging site should know the move is to ease Odom's return from a  week-long leave to tend to his ill father.

Lamar Odom to the D-League?? how you send a champion to the D-League man? Smh, said @kidMweus.

The former Los Angeles Laker and husband of Khloe Kardashian is set to play for the Texas Legends of the D-League, the NBA's version of minor leagues, on Saturday, ESPN Dallas.com reported.

wow Lamar Odom to the d league ? This saddens me , tweeted @MyLifeAs_Lizzie.

Odom was a fan favorite in Los Angeles before the Lakers shipped him to Dallas before the start of the shortened NBA season.

#MostShockingNewsOfTheDay Lamar Odom to the D-League...now I done heard everything, that's messed up tho, tweeted @TheCanaryChic.

But as ESPN Dallas.com reported, the move is not a demotion for Odom and the Mavs are working on how to bring Odom back to the Dallas squad.