Williams, Odom deal a go
Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams officially picked up his option for next season, which clears the way for a three-team trade that will send the Dallas Mavericks’ Lamar Odom to the Clippers and Williams to the Utah Jazz.
Williams’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPNLosAngeles.com about the deal Friday.
The trade allows the Mavericks to relieve themselves of Odom’s salary. They originally had until Friday to either pay $2.4 million to buy out Odom’s $8.2 million salary for next season or have him on the books for 2012-13 but the deadline was extended to Saturday to finalize the trade.
Odom and Williams began their NBA careers with the Clippers and Jazz, respectively.
Odom was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Mavericks in December, but his time with the Mavericks was not productive. He averaged just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for Dallas, and Odom and the Mavs agreed to part ways on April 9.
It had been reported that Odom, 32, wanted to return to Los Angeles.
Williams averaged 13.2 points, and 3.1 assists in 52 games, including one start, for the Clippers this past season.
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