The only problem is Odom wasn’t going to allow it to work out.
He never liked being in Dallas. From the very first day, he sulked, whined, and complained that he was no longer in Los Angeles. His teammates, coaches, and Mark Cuban stood behind him much longer than necessary, but when it became clear that Odom would never be happy, Cuban dismissed him from the team.
Today, sources claim that Odom’s days in Dallas could finally officially be coming to an end, which we all knew would likely happen. The good news is that Dallas may not have to pay the final year of his contract.
The Mavs have agreed to send Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers, who will ship Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. The Jazz would in turn send a trade exception from last season’s Mehmet Okur deal to the Mavericks. All three parties have agreed to the deal; all that remains is for Mo Williams to exercise the player option on his contract for next season which would be worth $8.5 million.
So, how exactly does this help Dalllas?
If the deal is made, the Mavs can trade Odom before being forced to buy out the final year of his contract, which would have cost them over $2 million. By saving that money, they will now have more to spend in free agency and/or the opportunity to use the newly obtained trade exception.
And, they will be rid of a player who never wanted to be with them in the first place.
Not a bad deal.