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article imageNBA: Lamar Odom traded to Los Angeles Clippers

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By Layne Weiss     Jun 29, 2012 in Sports
As part of a 4-team trade deal, Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom is going back to the team that drafted him: the Los Angeles Clippers. The deal will also send Clippers point guard Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz.
ESPN reports that the Jazz will use the trade exception it created in the deal that sent Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets in March to take on Williams' contract.
The Mavericks will also create its own trade exception worth $8.2 million by ridding itself of Odom's contract without taking any salary back.
As part of the deal, the Clippers will send the rights to 2nd round pick Furkan Aldemir to the Houston Rockets, the LA Times reports.
The Mavericks will get the draft rights to Utah Jazz forward Tadija Dragicevic and cash considerations from the Rockets, ESPN reports.
The Mavericks acquired Lamar Odom in December 2011. According to Fox News, Odom was unhappy in Dallas, which was reflected by his weak performance. He averaged career lows with 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 50 games. He was sent to the D-League in early March, but never played a game.
The Clippers were a bit nervous about acquiring Odom after his terrible season in Dallas, the LA Times reports. Odom demanded to be traded from the LA Lakers after their failed attempt to trade him and Pau Gasol in a deal for Chris Paul. When Odom got his wish and was traded to Dallas, he seemed totally disengaged and disinterested.
Odom, 32, was drafted #4 overall in the 1999 NBA draft, Fox News reports. He played 4 seasons with the LA Clippers, one with the Miami Heat, and seven with the Lakers.
Mo Williams will also return to the team that drafted him. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2003, the LA Times notes, but played only one season for them.
In a text message to ESPNLosAngeles.com, Williams wrote: "It's where it all began. I'm excited about the opportunity."
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