Lamar Odom is headed back to Los Angeles, the place where his career started as a rookie way back in 1999, after the Dallas Mavericks announced Friday that the former 2011 Sixth Man of the Year was included as part of a 4-team deal involving Mo Williams and the draft rights of Tadija Dragicevic and Furkan Aldemir.
The Clippers receive Odom from Dallas while the Utah Jazz get veteran combo-guard Williams from Los Angeles and the draft rights to Shan Foster.
The Mavericks are reported to receive a trade exception, cash and the draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic in the deal while the Houston Rockets, the fourth team involved, get the draft rights to the Clippers’ second-round pick Furkan Aldemir.
Odom, 32, is coming off his worst season as a professional after playing one forgetful campaign with the Mavericks averaging a mere 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds on 35.2% shooting from the field in 20.5 minutes of action per night.
Odom was traded by the Lakers to Dallas in a surprise move just before the start of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season ending a wildly successful tenure in L.A.
Many have argued that the deal that sent Odom to Dallas was simply a salary dump or an opportunity for the Lakers to rid themselves of a disgruntled player said to be involved in last season’s failed attempt to land coveted free agent prize Chris Paul.
Whatever the case may be Odom now comes to a Clippers team in dire need of a playmaking big man capable of stretching NBA defenses; something the team clearly lacked as witnessed in this past season’s gritty playoff run.
Odom spent his first four seasons with the Clippers only to leave after 2003 via free agency to play one year for Pat Riley and the Miami Heat before going back to L.A. to cement his career as an integral part of two Lakers championship teams between 2004-2011.
Now the well-traveled mismatch nightmare of a forward returns to the place where it all started for him in the hopes of rekindling visions of early success in Hollywood, but this time as a seasoned NBA veteran of 13 years.
Ironically, Odom’s most impressive individual season may have come as a member of the Clippers organization in 2001-02, his second as a pro, when the 6-foot-10 inch playmaking power forward averaged an impressive 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while suiting up in 76 total contests at 37.3 minutes per night.
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