Mar, 5, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Lamar Odom (7) during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Lamar Odom Traded To Clippers, Mo Williams To Jazz, According To Report

Lamar Odom was shipped to the Clippers in a trade that also has Mo Williams moving to the Jazz.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Utah Jazz Emerge As Third Team In Lamar Odom Talks

The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers have been working hard to recruit a third team to help them in a proposed deal that would send Lamar Odom to Los Angeles. The Clippers need to send Mo Williams back to match salary, but the Mavericks have no use for Williams. However, it appears they have recruited a third team -- the Utah Jazz -- that would be able to absorb Williams' salary.

Via ESPN's Marc Stein:

Sources told that the Jazz are willing to take on Mo Williams in a three-team trade scenario that would send Odom to the Clippers and enable the Mavericks to shed Odom's salary without taking back any salary.

Williams has a player option for $8.5 million next season that he has publicly said he'd exercise, but it remains to be seen if he keeps that stance if he's heading to the Jazz. The Jazz have the ability to absorb Williams' salary due to a trade exception received in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets involving Mehmet Okur last year.

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Mavericks Looking For Lamar Odom Trade Partner To Clear 2012-13 Salary

While only a small portion of Lamar Odom's 2012-13 salary -- $2.4 million -- is guaranteed, for a team like the Dallas Mavericks that is trying to open up enough salary cap room to make a major free agent play, every dollar counts. ESPN New York's Ian Begley reports that the Mavericks will look to unload Odom before the team must waive him on June 29. Trading him would clear the $2.4 million minimum off the team's 2012-13 books; simply waiving him would leave that figure on the books, and the team would then be unable to trade the salary figure.

As such, the Mavericks will be looking for a team who can a) absorb Odom's full 2012-13 cap figure ($8.2 million) without sending guaranteed salary back, b) isn't concerned with tying up $2.4 million in empty salary, and c) likes whatever sweetener Dallas offers. Given that no team will likely forgo waiving Odom and pay him the full $8.2 million next season, trading for him guarantees that $2.4 million in empty salary.

Dallas does have young guards Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones, as well as its own No. 17 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Mark Cuban, the team's owner, has also always been willing to contribute cash to deals; new NBA rules limit such payments in trades to an aggregate of $3 million over one salary cap season.

For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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