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Lakers Rumors: Why Mo Williams Would Solve L.A.'s Point Guard Woes

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Mo Williams #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives past O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 101-97 in overtime to take a three games to one lead in the series.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Sim RissoFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2012

A recent report from ESPN has the Los Angeles Clippers trying to work a trade for Lamar Odom of the Dallas Mavericks. If the trade were to go through, the Mavericks would swap Odom to L.A. for Clippers point guard Mo Williams.

Given Dallas' cap flexibility and pursuit of free-agent point guard Deron Williams, the Mavericks don't want to take on Williams' $8.5 million salary. That means the two teams will have to find a third party willing to help consummate the trade. Which is where the Los Angeles Lakers step in.

The Lakers have already shown interest in Mo Williams.

Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that one team to express interest in Williams is the Los Angeles Lakers, who still have a trade exception big enough to absorb Williams' contract that they created when they dealt Odom to Dallas.

Due to the Lakers' aforementioned trade exception, it wouldn't be that difficult to acquire Williams and it's something they should should definitely try to do.

With former Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions opting not to exercise his option with the Lakers and test the market, there are no guarantees that Sessions will return.

If he does, he won't come cheap, because as Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak hinted, "There's a market value and then there's always a team that will do something way beyond the market value."

If Sessions is going to command a salary similar to Mo Williams' $8.5 million, the Lakers would be better off making the trade because Williams is a better player.

Williams was an All-Star in 2008-09 and he's accustomed to playing in the postseason during his time with LeBron James in Cleveland.

Sessions isn't as good as Williams nor does he have Williams' playoff experience. Sessions' lack of playoff experience showed as he only averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 35.3 percent in the Western Conference Semifinals against Oklahoma City.

With the Lakers primed to make a deep playoff run next year, they'll need a player that can handle the pressure. There's a chance that Sessions could figure it out and rise to the occasion, but why take that chance when you could get a proven commodity in Mo Williams?

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol aren't getting any younger. Andrew Bynum could become a free agent after this season. The Lakers' window to win another championship is closing. They need to put all their chips on the table and go all-in next season, and trading for Mo Williams would be the best way to do it.

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