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It is now official, Lamar Odom a Maverick

Dec 11, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

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UPDATE 8:25 pm: It is now official, the Lakers have traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a first round pick (restricted, starting top 20 this year) and a second rounder.

Dallas fits him in using the salary exception from the Tyson Chandler trade. The Lakers get their own $8.9 million trade exception to try and lure in some front line help.

And Khloe is sobbing quietly in the corner.

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It came up last night at the moment the Lakers pulled out of the Chris Paul traded, but it something we should not just gloss over.

Lamar Odom will very soon be a member of the Dallas Mavericks, traded from the Lakers for a first-round pick — top 20 protected this season and with some protections all the way to 2017 — and an $8.9 million trade exception.

Odom was unhappy after his name came up in the Paul deal and did not practice with the Lakers the last two days.

It makes for an interesting season for Dallas, but this is a savvy pickup. Very Mark Cuban move in it being opportunistic. True, they have a versatile power forward in the form of one Dirk Nowitzki, but they just added the NBA’s reigning sixth man of the year while really giving up nothing. Odom is as versatile a player as there is in the league, he can be a point forward, play in the post, start or come off the bench. There are roles for him.

This year’s Mavericks will look a lot different than the team that won the title, but they will be interesting and with some serious weapons.

For the Lakers, this looks like a salary dump, but one that gives then a large trade exception to bring in another key piece later. You have to think GM Mitch Kupchak has a plan (whether Jim Buss has a plan is still up for debate).

Kobe Bryant said at practice that he didn’t like the trade. He added he didn’t expect Mark Cuban to protest this one.

This move doesn’t help them get Dwight Howard, the trade exception is not large enough to take Hedo Turkoglu’s contract back. That is the price of entry to the Howard sweepstakes — you have to take Turkoglu’s three years, $32.8 million on. To make that work the Lakers have to trade out Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol… which leaves the Lakers with a pretty depleted front line even if they get Howard. They would need depth.

While the league has not yet signed off on this, know that the deal is all but done.

So enjoy this season of Khloe & Lamar in Dallas.

  1. shavodog1 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    I’d take Bymun, Gasol & a pick for Dwight Coward & Hedo…

    • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      More like for Dwight, Hedo and Nelson.

  2. lebronsinsecurity - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I’m no Kobe apologist, but I thought his quote was funny.

    http://twitter.com/DuranLA

    Kobe: “I don’t see Cuban protesting this trade”

  3. addict2sport - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    So, they’re basically trying to trade Odom, Gasol AND Bynum for Dwight Howard? Seems like an awful lot to give up.

    • wvan10 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      The Magic would likely want the Lakers to take back alot of their bad contracts so the trade would likely be essentially a 3 way deal with Dallas, Orlando, Lakers – Lamar Odom to Dallas – Bynum, Gasol, and Dallas’ #1 pick to Orlando, and Howard, Hedo, and probably another bad contract like JJ Redick to the Lakers.

      • bozosforall - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        The Lakers don’t want or need effing JJ Redick. Send then Jameer Nelson instead.

      • Josh Perez - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        The Odom to Dallas trade is completely separate from anything related to Howard. Also Just Redick is a fairly productive player in relation to his contract, unlike Turkoglu and Arenas (last one no longer a Magic). Get your facts straight.

  4. passerby23 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    I’m beginning to wonder if Cuban is planning a play at acquiring Howard. Getting Odom for practically nothing gives him some extra assets to offer Orlando. They could package Odom, Beaubois, and another player (Mahinmi/Fernandez) and whatever draft picks they have left for Howard.

  5. brooklynbulls - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Odom should’ve been a great player with his natural ability and talent. It’s a shame his mentality held him back….not taking care of his body, taking nights off whenever he wasnt “in the mood”. He’s a moody, soft, unmotivated and uniterested player. Not a Lakers fan, but they deserved better. Hope he and his husband Khloe are happy in Dallas. If he somehow manages to give the Mavs consistent effort as a starting 3 alongside Dirk, they will be ok.

    • tibbs7 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      Marion will still start and Odom will come off the bench and compete with Jet for 6th man of the year.

  6. t16rich - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    A and E has already cast Lamars wife for their new show Lady Hoggers. She will be playing a hog.

  7. jimmysee - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    If I were married to a Kardashian, I’d be “disgruntled” too.

  8. isujames - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Shavodog1 wtf you talkin bout,dwight coward????????

  9. omniusprime - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    So long Odom, don’t let the door hit you in the behind on your way out. Good riddance to this spoiled crybaby if he couldn’t take being a trade prospect for the Lakers. Thankfully Pau Gasol has far more class than to let trade rumors deter him from staying. I’m sure there’ll be lots of tears from his Kardashian witch having to move from civilized LA to Dallas, serves both of these reality tv clowns right. Doesn’t look like a good trade for the Lakers getting some dubious draft pick at some undetermined time, Kupcake is really stinking up the team with his latest decisions since last season’s dreadful end. Just one more reason I won’t be watching much NBA this season as it looks like the Lakers season is already toast before it ever begins. When will Kupcake wise up and put Fisher on the trade block?

  10. therealhtj - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    If you Mavs fans think getting a Lamar Odom coming off an extended break with his head already all messed up makes up for the loss of Chandler and Barea, you’re about as out of touch with reality as your Cowboy fan brethren.

  11. bozosforall - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    VOID!!!!!

  12. cluelessdufus - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    this makes no sense if the incase there landing howard this makes it a worst chance of it becuase of players there willing to trade if they think 1st round picks are going to do it they got another thing coming this must make kobe frustrated

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