The NBA finalized a four-team deal that included the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. The trade will send forward Lamar Odom back to the team that drafted him, the Clippers, as Mo Williams will be sent from the Clippers to the Jazz.
Also in the deal, the Mavericks traded the 2008 draft right to Shan Foster to the Jazz while the Mavericks received the 2008 draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic. The Rockets receive the draft rights to Furkan Aldemir, the 58th pick of the Clippers’ Thursday. The Mavericks also receive a trade exception that the Jazz originally had when Mehmet Okur landed with the Brooklyn Nets in December. The exception is valued at $8.9 million.
What a crazy way to kick off the free agency period?
Odom had a troubled 2011-12 season as he was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Mavericks to kick start his year. Odom did not respond well to the trade as at one point he was sent down to the D-League but was immediately recalled. Odom was dismissed from the team but the Mavericks still kept him around in an effort to trade him.
Odom is now right where he and his wife Khloe Kardashian want to be, in Los Angeles. Although not with the Lakers, Odom could still make a useful impact on the upstart Clippers that found themselves lose in the second round of the playoffs this year. Odom could get back on the right track this coming season.
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