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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  35 responses

Lamar Odom Officially Traded to Clippers, Mo Williams Moved to Jazz in Deal


After a snag or two seemingly delayed the deal, Lamar Odom is officially a member of the L.A. Clippers, with Mo Williams moving to Utah in the four-team trade. More details, courtesy of the L.A. Times: “The Clippers filled one of their pressing needs to secure a talented big man when they acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks in a four-team trade that sent guard Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz on Friday. After Williams exercised his $8.5-million player option for next season, the Clippers and Mavericks were able to conclude the deal to send Odom back to the Clippers, the team that drafted him in 1999. With the versatile 6-foot-10 Odom, the Clippers have a backup big man to play behind power forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan. ‘I’m looking at this like it’s a good fit to be going back to the Clippers,’ Odom said. ‘I think that the Clippers have some very good pieces. I like the way Chris [Paul] and Blake compete. I think basketball-wise, it’ll be pretty easy for me to play with this team.’ … As part of the Odom deal, the Clippers sent the draft rights of their second-round draft pick, Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir, to the Houston Rockets. The Jazz could take on Williams’ $8.5-million salary and not have to send a player to the Mavericks because the Jazz will give Dallas the trade exception it got by trading Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets last season. Dallas will also get draft picks from Utah and cash from Houston.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The Lakers are f*cking up. Damn you, Jim Buss! Completely ruining Kobe’s golden years with this team’s management.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    This is a great pick up by the Clippers. Hope L.O. resurrects his career. It’s gonna be hard as a Lakers fan to watch him do it from down the hall, though.

  • Dagger

    This is a great trade for the Clippers if Lamar plays like he did with the Lakers. That’s a big IF, and if they get the Mavericks version of Lamar they’ll have given up a really useful player off the bench. Risky move.

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    Welcome back to L.A. L.O. not just the L.A. it’s to the Clippers

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I’m sorry Brad, but I disagree. I absolutely do NOT want to see his career resurrected. After seeing what he did to Dallas while cashing his fat paycheck, I hope he never gets off the bench.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Khloe to back up Deandre Jordan, could make Reggie Evans expendable since they would bring the same things to the table.

  • el_larsen

    great for the clips!
    billups now,and why not try to steal rayray from the heat

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    None of this matters with Del Negro on the Bench

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    like the move, fills the whole at the 3, or bring him of the bench. resign billups first, then figure out what to do with nick young, qualifying offer?

  • Lou

    Dislike Lamar for the way he left the clips….worst of all he’s bringing Chyna Kardashian with him.

  • Drock

    Wasn’t Mo Drafted by the Jazz….or was it the bucks?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Another Forward for Houston? They better have something up their sleeves…

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Slam-man

    Damn it man wanted him back with the Lakers. This is good for the clippers. He will be able to run the ball whenever cp3 is on the bench. But I still think they need a back up center that is seven ft. in order to add some size. Bynum was abusing deandre Jordan and griffin in the paint when they played.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Slam-man

    Damn it man wanted him back with the Lakers. This is good for the clippers. He will be able to run the ball whenever cp3 is on the bench. But I still think they need a back up center that is seven ft. in order to add some size. Bynum was abusing deandre Jordan and griffin in the paint when they played.

  • RunNGun

    Welcome back to Staples, Lamar… don’t expect any theatre lighting. LOL

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    funny thing is that if Lamar Odom didn’t get so butthurt from that trade that never occurred, he’d still be a laker right now.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    @caboose this is the rare time I disagree with you. The man went through a ton of personal issues off the court not too mention that stylistically the Mavericks were never a fit for LO.

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Now all they need is bring back Darius Miles and Q Rich lol jk.

    Hopefully Caron and Chauncey will stay healthy

    CP3
    Nick Young
    Caron
    Blake
    Deandre

    Bench:
    Chauncey
    Randy foye
    Lamar odom
    Reggie Evans
    Keyon Martin

    Now that’s depth

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Actually put starting 5 as:

    Cp3
    Caron
    Lamar
    Blake
    Deandre

    If Caron shooting gets better… That’s a rebounding good passing lineup

  • http://www.slamonline.com SirGrey

    Dont think Lamar can play the 3 full time, nor Caron at the 2

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Yeah it’s a stretch with the age. But Caron can lock up twos. And Lamar has ability hopefully still play point forward.

    Id go with nick young at 2 and Caron at 3 with Lamar off bench

  • iknowmybasketball

    not sure if odom will be greeted with kindness, or hatred with the lakers fans…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @drock drafted by utah, then went to bucks

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    Lamar back to LA once again! Third time in his career, the Clippers might be a contender now. I wish they hadn’t gave up EJ like that, but they kinda had to. Ah well.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Fair enough shutup, I just have very little sympathy for someone who openly says the move from a city hurt him enough to impact his playing. I understand he had a lot of psychological issues, but he has an unlimited supply of counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, coaches to help him. It’s so rare to see a player just give up. When he’s getting his paycheck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com L.E.

    I’m with caboose.
    Why are you able to star in a reality tv show but can’t play basketball?
    I think he has a problem with his focus in live. He gets paid millions to play basketball.

  • Slam-man

    Yeah I understand his psy. issues. If that was really the problem n he mentally wasn’t able to play, he should have reworked his contract n give most of it back to Dallas. Collecting 8mil when you willingly sitting at home is a crime. Even if you have family issues atleast show up to work and act like you g.a.f Kobe was going through a divorce last year that didn’t stop him from performing his duties. This is insurance fraud type b.s., sit home n collect money when ur not injured. To me he checked out prematurely before there was an issue, he’s a professional athlete that been traded before. Get over it

  • Slam-man

    Collecting 8mil when you willingly sitting at home is a crime. Even if you have family issues atleast show up to work and act like you g.a.f Kobe was going through a divorce last year that didn’t stop him from performing his duties. This is insurance fraud type b.s., sit home n collect money when ur not injured. To me he checked out prematurely before there was an issue, he’s a professional athlete that been traded before. Get over it .

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Put it this way, lots of players have been through worse. JR Smith, Thomas Robinson, Amare Stoudemire, and Kobe Bryant come to mind. Spend some of the $8 million on high priced psychiatrists. They’re there to help.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    How much of this move to LAC is because of his marriage with Khloe? Heard for a long time that LA/NY were the only places he’d play. Otherwise, his marriage was basically over, with no TV publicity. Well, not over, but severely jeopardised.
    Just rumours, but till.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    Even before the trade he was contemplating taking the year off, because of a close family death and him witnessing someone get killed by the car he was riding in. Also it wasn’t that he wasn’t willing to play he just didn’t perform well in game. He made it to mostly all of the practices and team functions, he fulfilled his contractual obligations, and at the end the split was a mutual decision. He wasn’t in control of how much playing time he got. Besides I don’t think the NBA has performance based contracts.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Shutup, actually most players have performance based incentives built in.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    I didn’t know that, but do they have negative performance deductions? If not then the Mavs get what they pay for.(A lil off topic) This also is very telling on the state of awareness of mental illness in America and much of the world, clearly he was going through some depression, would people be as mad with him if he tore an ACL or sprained an ankle? Not many people consider mental illness a real illness, but LO is a perfect example of clinical depression and he deserves some sympathy that is unless you see these athletes as less than human, which sometimes happens in Sports, we marginalize these men and women and never put a second thought to the fact that they are human and amount to more than just the stats they put up, or don’t put up. The study of mental health is just a hobby of mine but I don’t think it would be too far fetched to assume that LO had to have thoughts of suicide, or at the very least with all the turbulence in his life at the time coupled with the compounded with inefficiency he was experiencing on the court made him contemplate his own mortality and his worth in the world. My diagnosis if not deep depression was at the very least PTSD.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Shutup, as a pre-psychiatry student, I appreciate mental illness as much as you do. The problem I had was that he didn’t seek help in the way someone whose job is dependent on his well-being would. I’ve scoured the Internet, there is not one report of Odom seeking professional help during the season. Why not? Psychiatrists can offer drug therapy, psychologists can offer talk therapy, even counselors or therapists can just be there. But no, he wallowed. He didn’t make an effort. I know lots of players have played through depression and bipolar and PTSD; they sought out help and treated it. LO does not deserve a pass; he didn’t make an effort.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    AHH but that is also part of the stigma, for LO to reach out and seek treatment he would have to get past the notion that mental illness isnt the same thing as being crazy; and in fact what he was going through is in the same vein as a injury he needs to seek treatment and rehabilitation for. Lets not ignore the fact that that men generally seek help out less because of the idea of “machismo, or machoness”. He tried to cope the best way he knew how, then his only refuge (basketball) began slowly to drift away from him, lets not ignore the fact that the Lakers are what he identified as his family, the first real family he has had in his lifetime, so when he was shunned or attempted to be traded it hurt him deeper than most, (away from the reality show look up LO’s past). I think its hypocritical to say when a guy gets traded its just business but if a guy decides to leave for money then loyalty is called into question, LO tried to perform to the best of his abilities, his “injury” held him back, how is that different from Amare or Rose this year? should they give back that money too?

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