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Lakers Trade Lamar Odom To Mavericks For Draft Pick

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Lamar Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a 2012 first round draft pick. Earlier this week, it had looked as if Odom would be sent to the New Orleans Hornets in a deal for Chris Paul.

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Mavericks' Pick In Lamar Odom Trade With Lakers Heavily Protected

Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports (via Rob Mahoney) that the first-round pick that the Dallas Mavericks included in the Lamar Odom trade may not be sent to the L.A. Lakers until 2017.

The Lakers sent Odom, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, to Dallas in exchange for an $8.9 million traded player exception and that pick, which was originally reported to be a 2012 selection. It could be, or the Mavericks could elect to instead trade it in any of the next six seasons. It's also protected in the top 20, though Dallas hasn't picked that high in years.

The long potential lead time on the pick is likely to make it a far less desirable asset in further Lakers trades. The Lakers struck out on Chris Paul, but are said to be focused on Dwight Howard now. Odom had been included in the CP3 trade that NBA commissioner David Stern rejected on Thursday.

For more on Dallas' moves, visit Mavs Moneyball.


Lakers Send Lamar Odom To Mavericks For Draft Pick, Trade Exception

The L.A. Lakers will trade reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first round draft pick and a portion of the Mavs' recently acquired trade exception, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Odom rumor first surfaced after the Lakers' attempted trade for Chris Paul fell apart on Saturday, two days after NBA commissioner David Stern blocked L.A.'s three-team deal for CP3 that included sending Odom to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets.

Odom was disconsolate on Thursday, and spent just 15 minutes at the open of Lakers' training camp on Friday. It's unclear whether the Odom move opens up an avenue for the Lakers to acquire Dwight Howard; if not, it will look a whole lot like the league screwed up enough that the Lakers had no choice but to give up Odom for very little.

Odom makes $8.9 million, so he'll soak up most of the Mavericks' traded player exception, with is worth roughly $13 million. The Mavericks executed a sign-and-trade sending Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks on Saturday, which created the exception. The Mavs had been reported to be interested in pulling free agent Samuel Dalembert with a portion of the exception, but it's unlikely the remaining $4 million left on it will be enough. (The Mavericks could sign Dalembert to the mid-level exception and sign-and-trade for another free agent, if it becomes an issue.)

Odom had played for the Lakers since 2004, and has spent 11 of the 12 NBA season playing in Los Angeles.


NBA Trade Rumors: Lamar Odom Reportedly Heading To Dallas Mavericks

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly pulled out of the three-team deal that would've netted them Chris Paul, instead opting to send one piece in the reported trade, Lamar Odom, to the Dallas Mavericks. Odom was all set to be dealt to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a three-team deal for Paul that also included the Houston Rockets. Instead, it appears Odom will be heading to Dallas, slotting into the Mavericks' trade exception.

The report comes from ESPN's Marc Stein.

So to recap: Lakers take Odom out of three-team CP3 deal and deal him to Mavs into new DAL trade exception created in Tyson Chandler deal. Sources say Lakers will receive unspecified draft considerations from Dallas for the rights to Odom, who slots in Mavs' new trade exception.

It was also confirmed by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Mavericks acquired the trade exception by way of a three-team deal involving Tyson Chandler on Saturday.

One can take a guess at why Los Angeles is sending Odom away -- a near-necessity after the Chris Paul ordeal -- but the consensus seems to be the Lakers are setting themselves up to make a deal for Dwight Howard.

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