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Apr 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Lamar Odom (7) against the Portland Trail Blazers at the American Airlines Center. The Trailblazers defeated the Mavericks 99-97 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Clippers Interested in Trading for Lamar Odom

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to pry Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks, but a third party to take Mo Williams contract on is holding up the deal.

This would allow the Mavericks to trade Odom without taking Williams’ large contract back. The Mavericks’ deadline to buy out the final year of Odoms’ contract for $2.4 million dollars is Friday, and Dallas gave Odom’s agent the permission to seek a new team for Odom.
The motive for the Mavericks is mostly financial and finding a third team interested in Williams will be key in whether this deal gets done by Friday.

“Mo’s a professional and I think he showed that last season,” Williams’ agent 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.”

Would Lamar Odom bring sixth man of the year Lamar Odom to the Clippers, or last year’s Lamar Odom.

Hard to say; Odom had a rough year. He was traded to the New Orleans Hornets by the Los Angeles Lakes, and then the trade was vetoed by David Stern leaving Odom and all the other members in a weird limbo. Odom then demanded a trade from the Lakers and was shipped to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, where he showed lackluster effort and focus and left the team with mutual consent well before the Playoffs.

Donald Sterling might not be thrilled either by the prospect of Odom returning to the Clippers. In 2003, as a restricted free agent, Odom issued a series of public pleas to Sterling to be set free to join the Miami Heat after Miami signed him to an offer sheet. Sterling also is not afraid of making unilateral decisions at times, so we will see if this comes to fruition.

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