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.
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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