Odom To Clips, Williams To Jazz In 4-Team Deal

The four-team deal between the Jazz, Mavericks, Clippers and Rockets that sends Lamar Odom to the Clippers and Mo Williams to Utah has been finalized, according to a release by the Mavs.

The Mavericks will send Odom to the Clippers and the draft rights to Shan Foster, taken in the second round in 2008, to the Jazz.  The Jazz send the draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic, also a second-rounder from 2008, to the Mavericks. The Clippers send Mo Williams to the Jazz and Furkan Aldemir, the 53rd overall pick in last night's draft, to the Rockets. The Rockets send cash to the Mavericks. The Mavs will also inherit the trade exception the Jazz gained when they traded Mehmet Okur to the Nets in December, valued at $8.9MM. 

The deal brings an end to a turbulent year for Odom in Dallas, which acquired the former Sixth Man of the Year from the Lakers before the season began. Odom and the Mavs parted ways in April, when the the power forward was in the midst of his worst season, putting up career lows in points (6.6) and rebounds (4.2) per game as well as PER (9.2). The Mavs sent him away from the team but kept him on the roster in the hopes they could trade him rather than waive him and be on the hook for the $2.4MM guaranteed portion of his $8.2MM contract for next season. 

Marc Stein of ESPN.com initially reported interest in a deal between the Clippers and Mavs, and Stein and ESPN colleague Chad Ford added that the Jazz were involved in the discussions as well. Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News first broke the news of an agreement between the Clippers, Mavs and Jazz. Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune had word that Mo Williams agreed to pick up his $8.5MM option for next season, clearing the way for the deal. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported the Rockets' involvement. 



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