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Old 06-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sources -- Los Angeles Clippers have engaged Dallas Mavericks in trade talks for Lamar Odom - ESPN Dallas

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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.

With a Friday deadline looming for the Dallas Mavericks to buy out the final year of Odom's contract for $2.4 million, Mavs officials have green-lighted Odom's agent, Jeff Schwartz, to try to find a new home for Odom this week via trade. The Mavericks and Schwartz also have discussed pushing the deadline back into July if an Odom trade can't be struck before Friday.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If LA Odom does return, the Clippers would be the most exciting team in the NBA to watch with their 'smallball' lineup. 2 bigs that can handle/pass like Blake and Odom with CP3 running the screen roll will be awesome. They still need to find a starting 2 guard though. but this is definitely a step in the right direction. They needed a bigman off the bench that can stretch the floor mostly, but with the other skills Odom brings, its win win with him being in the last year of his deal if I remember right.
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Yet it remains to be seen whether Mo Williams will hold to that stance. He has until June 30 to make that decision and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, recently told ESPNLosAngeles.com that he and the Clippers were "kind of exploring everything" to find the best solution.

"Mo's a professional and I think he showed that last season," Bartelstein said. "He had a great year under difficult circumstances. That said, he's a starting point guard. He's an All-Star starting point guard. So we'll look at everything and see what makes sense."

Sources told ESPN.com 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.

Odom, meanwhile, is eager to return to his adopted home of Los Angeles to resume his career after what amounts to a lost season after his trade from the Lakers to the Mavericks in December.

The move to Dallas followed Odom's inclusion in the Lakers' original three-team trade with New Orleans and Houston that would have landed him with the Hornets and placed Paul in the same Lakers backcourt as Kobe Bryant. But that trade was called off by NBA commissioner David Stern, who has insisted he took that step as the Hornets' lead decision-maker at the time because the Hornets were owned by the league. A few days later, Stern signed off on the Hornets' deal to send Paul to the Clippers.
Sources -- Los Angeles Clippers have engaged Dallas Mavericks in trade talks for Lamar Odom - ESPN Dallas




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