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Mavericks, Clippers, Jazz, Rockets complete Lamar Odom, Mo Williams trade

By Ben Golliver | Blogger
Lamar Odom is headed back to L.A. (Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban actually found someone to take Lamar Odom off his hands.

The Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets have completed a 4-team trade that sends Odom to L.A. and Clippers guard Mo Williams to the Jazz. Earlier Friday, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the deal was "only paperwork" away from completed.

Here's the full trade breakdown.

The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have completed a four-team trade that will send forward Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the deal, Dallas will send Odom to the Clippers and the draft rights to Shan Foster to the Utah Jazz.

In exchange, Dallas will receive the draft rights to forward Tadija Dragicevic from Utah and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets.

Los Angeles will trade guard Mo Williams to Utah and the draft rights to the 53rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft forward Furkan Aldemir to Houston.

To facilitate the trade, Williams had to pick up his player option for the 2012-13 season. Berger reports that last hurdle was completed when Williams agreed to pick up the $8.5 million option and join the Jazz.

Odom, 32, had a bizarre season in Dallas, where he essentially quit on the team and was sent home. He never found the right fit after a somewhat surprising trade from the Los Angeles Lakers before the 2011-12 season, and he and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, will surely welcome a return trip to the center of the world's reality television industry.

In Williams, the Jazz get a capable starting point guard or an excellent third guard, depending on what they decide to do with Devin Harris, who is always on the trade block in one form or another and is now entering the final year of his contract.

The Mavericks simply found a way to dump Odom's contract obligation in order to avoid buying him out of the final year of his partially guaranteed deal, a move that would have cost $2.4 million. No matter what, things weren't going to work out in Dallas for Odom, and now the Mavericks don't have to pay again for the original mistake of acquiring him.

The Clippers set about a reclamation project on Odom's career, hoping that a change of scenery will help inspire a return to the NBA Sixth Man of the Year type versatility he displayed as recently as 2011. The Clippers have an All-Star starting point guard, a promising back-up pushing for minutes in Eric Bledsoe and the possibility of bringing back Nick Young, Randy Foye and, once healthy, Chauncey Billups. Williams was simply the odd man out, and he should have a chance to play big minutes for a playoff team in Utah next season.

It's hard for a 4-team NBA trade to be a win-win-win-win, but this one just might do it.

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