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Mo Williams makes it official: He’s headed to Utah, Odom to Clippers

Jun 29, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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We told you last night just as the draft was ramping up this is how it would go down — Dallas was trading Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Clippers were sending Mo Williams to Utah, and Dallas was saving a lot of cash.

The catch was Williams had to pick up his $8.5 million option for next year. The AP reported

Williams did and made it official today. Here is a quote from his agent Mark Bartelstein saying they were not trying to block the deal, via Ramon Shelburne of on twitter.

“There was no blocking going on. When you make a decision like this, you want to study it closely…. But the more we looked at it, the more excited we were about going back to Utah. Mo’s very happy to be going back there.”

The paperwork on this deal still needs to be filed with the league. But it will be.

If you’re asking what the Mavericks get out of this, they save $2.4 million. Even Mark Cuban thinks that’s a lot o money.

If that gets done in time on Friday, the Clippers can opt to buy out Odom’s $8.2 million deal for $2.4 million. But it appears they will keep him, having him as a backup big behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Getting depth up front was one of the off-season goals for the Clippers. Getting a new GM should be another.

  1. rexgrossman8 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Any chance they can bring back Darius Miles and Elton Brand?

    • willsolo - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      Don’t forget about Quentin Richardson and Corey Maggette

      • fm31970 - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

        No love for the Kandi Man? Ouch.

  2. gmen4life33 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Any doubt that the Clippers and Mavs play in the 1st round of the Playoffs next year?

  3. blakegriffin32 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    They will keep him to stay above the cap. That entitles them to their midlevel exception and their biannual, both of which would be lost if we bought him out. He’s staying. We get a good stretch four (who wants to be in LA and should produce like it) and we get two other solid signings out of it. Good move by the clips to turn a guard into an expiring forward.

  4. grhopper - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    The $2.4 mil the Mavs saved, you said is still a lot of money for Mark Cuban. I think of it as just setting aside some “David Stern fine money” for next season. Kind of like a pre-paymen plan or layaway program.

  5. icewinna0 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Good trade for every team. It still makes me laugh that Dallas gave up a draft pick for Odom…

  6. rodster213 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Who is their GM?

  7. rodster213 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Who was the draft pick?

  8. sportsguygerald - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    The draft pick was top 20 protected so it wasn’t given up this year

  9. jmclarkent - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Looks like Devin Harris is available…

  10. wjmoffatt - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Clippers are going to be good next season and not because of Odom lol.
    I feel sorry for Dirk! I mean Odom didn’t do anything as is, but who do they have now? What happens when DWill stays with the Nets, Mavs have nothing to fall back to.

  11. Gordon - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Odom must be relieved. He can now continue his reality TV career.

  12. jkaflagg - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Thanks blakegordon32 for explaining the finances behind the deal….no NBA deal these days goes down without some back story relating to the salary cap, expiring deals etc.

  13. badintent - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    We get Lamar in new reality show “Invasion of the Bel-Air Yentas” Cameos by Jewish slumlord Donald Sterling and Mr”Sonics will never move” Stern. Sound track by Little”circumsized “Wayne. And sponsored by Herbrew National “UnKosher” Franks.Oy Vey. !

  14. fhuizar - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Headcase , his better days are behind him sorry to say

  15. cantonbound13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Unfortunately for Lamar the Kardashian women still have his balls.

  16. cowboychris5xchamps - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Thank you Jesus!!! Get Lamar O-dumb and his fat a%% wife out of Dallas and back to LA where he can be close to his boyfriend Kobe!!! Maybe now he’ll be able to concentrate and play basketball.

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