Mavericks Trade Lamar Odom to Clippers in 4-Way Blockbuster
UPDATE: Thursday, June 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
The Dallas Mavericks sent Odom to Los Angeles. In turn, the Clippers gave Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz and the draft rights of Furkan Aldemir (pick No. 52, 2012 draft) to the Houston Rockets.
Utah gave up the draft rights of Tadija Dragicevic (pick No. 53, 2008 draft) to Dallas and the Mavericks sent the draft rights of Shan Foster (pick No. 51, 2008 draft) to the Jazz. To put the cherry on top of the icing, Houston kicked in cash considerations for the Mavericks.
After a long, drawn-out process, this deal is done and Odom is back in L.A.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET
According to the Los Angeles Times, there is still no deal in place to send Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers are still discussing a trade for Lamar Odom, but as of Thursday night no deal has been reached, according to a team official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
As usual, there's never a dull moment when it comes to the recent career of Odom. That report doesn't squash the deal, but it certainly doesn't seem like it is as much of a sure thing as it appeared to be earlier in the day.
Stay tuned to watch this saga unfold.
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The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly agreed to trade forward Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-way blockbuster deal that also includes the Utah Jazz, according to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:
The Mavericks have agreed to send the troubled Odom to the Clippers, who in turn will ship [Mo] Williams to the Utah Jazz, who will send a trade exception from the Mehmet Okur deal last season to the Mavericks, an NBA source said.
All three teams have agreed to the deal. All that has to happen to make it official is for Williams to exercise the player option on his contract for next season, which would pay him $8.5 million.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 28 at 5:13 p.m. by Richard Langford
Lamar Odom's path to the Los Angeles Clippers is clearing. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk.com, tweeted out this piece of news.
AP is reporting that Mo Williams will pick up his option, making the Odom to the Clippers deal a reality.— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 29, 2012
This is great news for the Clippers and Odom. He will be able to return to his familiar stomping ground of Los Angeles, and the thought is this will help him return to form.
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Williams can decline the option and test free agency, but it's unlikely that a team will pay him the $8.5 million he would make if he exercised the option.
Who will win most from this trade?
Odom's tenure in Dallas did not go as the Mavericks had expected. They thought his versatility and offensive talents would help bolster the team's depth after losing DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler in free agency following their NBA championship.
Odom didn't seem happy in Dallas, and it was clear that he was upset over being traded from the Lakers. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Mavericks over 50 games this season.
This is a great trade for the Clippers, who need to bolster their bench depth to make a deeper run in the playoffs next year. Odom should be happy to be back in Los Angeles, even if it's not with the Lakers.
Odom's past playoff successes will be a valuable addition to a young Clippers team that has little championship experience.
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