Lamar Odom returns to LA Clippers, via a four-team trade, Mo Williams to play for Utah JazzBy Angel Cuala on Jun 30, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States •
Lamar Odom will return to LA Clippers and Mo Williams will move to Utah Jazz, which is part of a four-team trade, a day after the NBA Draft 2012 transpired where Anthony Davis was the No. 1 pick and will play for the New Orleans Hornets.
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As featured at NBA.com on Friday, June 29, 2012, Dallas Mavericks traded Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers that day, the team that drafted him in 1999 and will send guard Mo Williams to Utah Jazz, with Odom being expected to be backup big man to Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan.
According to the report, Odom, who stands 6’10” and played four seasons with the LA Clippers, is also being expected to play like during his time in Los Angeles Lakers, where he won the ‘Sixth Man of the Year Award’, instead of his career-low average of 6.6 points per game in Mavericks last season.
“I’m looking at this like it’s a good fit to be going back to the Clippers. I think that the Clippers have some very good pieces. I like the way Chris [Paul] and Blake compete.” Odom was quoted at LA Times, who averaged 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds when he played for the team.
“I think basketball-wise, it’ll be pretty easy for me to play with this team.” Odom added, who will receive $8.2 million for the 2012-13 season. He was congratulated by his wife Khloe Kardashian and her sister Kim via Twitter, saying that it was the ‘best news ever’.
Meanwhile, Williams, who was drafted in 2003 by Utah and played only one season there, said hopes to be a starter in the team, which could take on his $8.5-million salary and will not have to send a player to the Mavericks since they will give them the trade exception by trading Mehmet Okur to the Jersey Nets last season.
“I’m grateful for my time with the Clippers. But at the same time, I’m excited about going back to the team that drafted me.” Williams reportedly said; who averaged 13.6 points and 29.6 minutes during his 2 seasons with the Clippers; with his agent Mark Bartelstein, stressing out that Williams has no issue playing for Utah.
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