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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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