Lamar Odom is headed back to the team that drafted him. A three team deal to send Odom to theLos Angeles Clippers has been agreed to by the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz. The Clippers will send Mo Williams to the Jazz as part of the deal. As long as Williams picks up his option, it is a done deal.
The Mavericks have agreed to send the troubled Odom to the Clippers, who in turn will ship 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.
I would be shocked if Williams does not opt in because he will not make that much money on the open market. His best bet is to opt in and play for a new contract next season. Lamar Odom needs to be back on the beach apparently so the Clippers are going to work. I expect Odom to put up good numbers and play for a new contract next year.
The Mavericks took a gamble on Lamar Odom and it did not work. The Clippers are hoping to use Odom as a do it all backup. If it works out, it is a great pick up.