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Report: Clippers, Mavericks talking Lamar Odom trade

Jun 27, 2012, 1:51 AM EDT

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Lamar Odom back with the Clippers?

Well, he wants to go somewhere he is comfortable and Los Angeles is that. And he wants to play for a team that could go deep in the playoffs, and the Clippers are that. Or, the Clippers could just buy him out and save some cash.

But the Clippers are talking about getting Lamar Odom in a trade from the Mavericks, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. But there is a catch. Isn’t there always.

The Los Angeles Clippers have engaged in trade discussions to bring Lamar Odom back to the L.A. team that drafted him, according to sources close to the situation.

Yet the deal, sources said, could hinge on the willingness of a third team to take on the contract of Clippers veteran guard Mo Williams, which would allow the Dallas Mavericks to send Odom to the Clippers with no significant money coming back to the Mavericks.

The Clippers may not have to look far to find a team interested in Williams and his $8.5 million salary. Just look down the hall.

Sources told on Tuesday that one team to express interest in Williams is the Los Angeles Lakers, who still have a trade exception big enough to absorb Williams’ contract that they created when they dealt Odom to Dallas.

Things could move fast here — there is a Friday deadline to buy Odom out. He is slated to make $8.2 million next season but can be bought out by $2.4 million by Friday. That deadline can be extended by mutual agreement of Odom and the Mavericks, and Dallas might be willing to do that if Odom’s agent is close to finding a deal.

Odom struggled last season in Dallas after having a rough off-season in his personal life then being blindsided by the Lakers trying to trade him. Because of that, he demanded a trade and the Lakers sent him to Dallas. Odom is an emotional person and what happens in his life off the court can impact him plenty on it. However, Odom has seemed right of late according to reports and could return to his Sixth Man of the Year form. If he does he’s worth the full salary.

The Clippers would get some depth along the front line behind Blake Griffin, something they have been looking for. (Or, owner Donald Sterling could just buy him out and save money.)

Dallas would get financial flexibility, which is what they crave most as they try to lure Deron Williams there (with the promise they can add a lot of talent around him).

The Lakers would get a backup guard who could score, maybe meaning they wouldn’t have to play Kobe Bryant 49 minutes a game.

There’s some logic to this. But that is a long way from reality. There’s still a good chance the Mavericks just end up buying Odom out.

  1. smoothaswilkes - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    this move would be a coup for the Lakers. don’t think Mo wouldn’t start either. he’s a former all star point guard, you know, the position the Lakers need to fill. Sessions can come off the bench, where clearly, he’s more suited to play. Just like in Cleveland when Ramon played behind one Mo Williams, when they both played for Mike Brown. Or maybe this is all too logical to fit but hope not.

    • bandanamac - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Sounds like a plan except for the part you missed where Sessions opted out of his contract and might not even be a Laker next season, and would definitely move on if he had to play backup to Mo Gotti again.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Hmmm…I’m not sure if I’d rather have Mo Williams over Ramon Sessions. Sessions is younger and faster and can be had for a lot cheaper, but I did like the way Williams played last year…is Williams on his last year? IDK if using that nice size trade exception should be used on him, we surely can do better then Mo Williams, right?

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:32 AM

      ……on second thought, if some way we can pawn Steve Blake off somewhere in the deal then I’m 1,000% for it!!! IDGAF WHO we get back in return, so as long as he’s out of a purple and gold jersey!!

      • loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        tru dat! (ugh…steve blake…i get freakin exhausted just mentioning his name)

        yeah…mo would be acceptable in the guard rotation. its easily an improvement than what we have right now at this moment…i’m still hoping for some “big move” during the draft/FA…

  3. drunkenjunk - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Odom has seemed right as of late? You chill with him or something Kurt? I watched him play last year, looked like straight garbage.

  4. cambodianbreastmilk - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Odom is garbage. Guy is a giant, whinnying, crybaby with a disgusting wife. Doesn’t matter where he goes, he’ll be an overpriced cancer that prior to each game you’ll have to worry about him being mentally prepared. No thanks.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Wife comment was unnecessary and unrelated to his soft skills on the court. His fall from grace is pretty significant. It’s amazing how wishy-washy both him and Gasol can be.

    • turnmymicup - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Don’t all coaches have to worry about their players being mentally prepared? You’re a joke no basketball IQ at all. Calling his wife out was uncalled for. She wasn’t with him shooting in the gym. A lot of players have off court drama. Don’t single this guy out just because he put his on TV. Odom was a big part of the Lakers winning that championship. Lakers were wrong for trading him. Now look at them desperately trying to make trades to save their spiraling franchise. Hate on him if you want but he is still a champion either way you look at it.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        “Don’t single this guy out just because he put his on TV.” You put your life on a reality show you are fair game. The Lakers knew something was wrong with him. They obviously saw something coming that the rest of us didn’t. They’ll be fine.

  5. mcqphx - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:56 AM


  6. canehouse - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I still think the Clips ship Blake to Orlando for Dwight.

    • therealhtj - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Except that it puts the Clips straight into the luxury tax. No way Sterling pays that.

  7. kingsofthecup - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    This is a joke, Neil Oshley would not have even thought of this deal! That’s why I canned my season tix…..a month to month contract with the GM who changed your team?!

  8. tomtravis76 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Stay away from Miami after Dallas buys out the contract. The Heat have enough going on and in no way need that Kardashian E channel stuff trying to jump in and mess with it. If it was just Lamar the player coming off the bench, he would be a great fit in just about any organization , but its what comes with him that makes a team not want him.

  9. itsthemelman82 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    It still amazes me how many guys take these stupid childish shots at Khloe. I’m sure most you aren’t dating super models soooo… As far as Lamar goes, if happy, he’s a great piece coming off the bench. Only problem, he only seems happy in LA, and I’d guess since he’s from NYC, he wouldn’t mind coming back here to NY. A 6th man of the year winner soon to be facing the downside of his career probably should limit his options so much but I guess it’s easier said than done for a guy that’s so emotional

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