LOS ANGELES, CA (Sports Network) – Lamar Odom has come full circle in his NBA career. The veteran forward is heading back to the team that drafted him – the Clippers.
The Clippers and Dallas Mavericks were able to agree to a four-team trade also involving the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.
What made the deal possible was guard Mo Williams exercised the $8.5 million option on his contract, which allowed the Clippers to consummate a deal to send him to Utah.
The Mavericks acquired Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers just prior to the start of the abbreviated season in December. Odom was reportedly unhappy playing in Dallas and averaged career lows with 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 50 games. He was even sent to the D-League in early March, but never played a game, and was recalled the next day. He was due to make $8.2 million with the Mavs for the 2012-13 season.
Odom, 32, was the fourth overall pick of the 1999 draft. He played the first four seasons with the Clippers before spending one with Miami and then seven with the Lakers. During his time with the Clippers, Odom tallied 15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 36 minutes per game.
Odom was the winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award following a strong 2010-11 season.
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