Dallas Mavericks Officially Trade Lamar Odom to LA Clippers in 4-Team Deal
Well, looks like Lamar Odom is headed back to Los Angeles.
As a Clipper, that is.
The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Odom from the Dallas Mavericks on Friday in a four-team trade that included the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz, according to NBA.com. In exchange for Odom, the Clippers sent guard Mo Williams to the Jazz and the draft rights to second-round draft pick Furkan Aldemir to the Rockets.
The Mavericks received the draft rights to second-round pick Tadija Dragicevic from Utah, as well as cash considerations from the Rockets, while sending second-round pick Shan Foster to the Jazz.
The trade signaled the end of Odom's stint with the Mavericks, which lasted a grand total of 50 games. The 2010-2011 Sixth Man of the Year never meshed with the Mavericks' organization after the Los Angeles Lakers traded him, averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 minutes per game last season.
Obviously, the Clippers are hoping a return to Los Angeles will reignite Odom, who averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Lakers two seasons ago while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the arc. Odom could either be used in a sixth-man role in L.A. or potentially start at small forward.
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From the Mavericks' point of view, this is largely a salary dump. According to Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com, they get rid of Odom's $8.2 million contract and also avoid his $2.4 million cap-space hit. In addition, they pick up an inexpensive rookie in Dragicevic, as well as cash considerations from Houston.
Given they have reportedly been going after unrestricted free agent Deron Williams, this trade may end up being rather beneficial for the Mavericks, per NBA Insider Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Even if they don't land Williams, they receive something for Odom, who clearly wasn't happy in Dallas.
Mo Williams will give Utah some depth in the backcourt and another veteran.
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