Unhappy forward Lamar Odom was traded by the Mavericks to the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday evening as part of a three-team deal that also featured the Clippers sending Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. The deal was first reported by the Dallas News and was contingent on Mo Williams picking up his option for next season, which he will do Friday.
Odom posted the worst season of his career for the Mavericks last season after being traded to Dallas by the Lakers a day after the Chris Paul deal fell through. Odom averaged a disappointing 6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.7 apg while shooting only .352 from the field, all career lows. The Mavs were scrambling to move Odom by June 29th to avoid being responsible for his $8.2 million salary for 2012-2013. Odom also has a $2.4 buy out on his deal by June 29th, should the Clippers choose to exercise it.
Mo Williams was unhappy in a reserve role for the Clippers last season, backing up Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups, then Randy Foye once Billups was lost for the season. Despite his displeasure Williams still averaged 13.2 ppg in 28.3 minutes a night. Williams will be returning to the team that drafted him. The jazz selected Williams 47th overall in the 2003 draft. Williams will exercise the $8.5 player option on his deal for next season and will become a free agent in 2013.
The deal saves the Mavs over $8 million in cap space for next season, allowing them further flexibility to pursue top free agents this summer.
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