Report: Jazz could assist in Odom deal
The Clippers and Mavericks are working on a deal involving Lamar Odom, but needed a third team to help facilitate the trade. The Utah Jazz might just be willing to do it based on a report from Yahoo Sports.
Odom, owed a $2.4 million buyout Friday if he’s still on the Mavericks’ roster, was given permission to find a new home and could return to the team that drafted him in a deal that would sent Clippers’ point guard Mo Williams to the Jazz and clear cap space for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks aren’t interested in taking on a contract and would deal Odom only to shed his salary.
The Mavericks are gearing up to make a run at multiple marquee free agents, with point guards Deron Williams and Steve Nash topping the list.
The Clippers need to move Williams in any deal. He has an $8.5 million option for 2012-13 and must agree to the deal by triggering his option, or it won’t happen.
Odom was traded to Dallas last season but he proved to be an ill fit with the team.
Odom won two NBA titles in Los Angeles with the Lakers as a valuable sixth man.