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Late last night, Marc Stein reported that the Los Angeles Clippers were working with the Mavericks on a possible deal involving Lamar Odom. The snag on the deal, which apparently still stands, is that the Clippers would like to find a taker for Mo Williams, who is owed $8.5 million next season(if he doesn't opt out, which he has been vocal in saying he would not do). That Dallas is shopping Lamar Odom is hardly news, but the inclusion of the Clippers would be a bit of a twist. Odom, of course, was drafted by the Clippers in 1999 and spent four seasons there.
Currently, Dallas has until Friday night to trade Odom, or simply waive him. The latter would result in a $2.4 million cap hit for next season, which owner Mark Cuban would probably like to avoid, given the uncertain nature of the Mavs' cap situation and offseason strategy therein. Both Odom and the Mavs have been working on possibly extending the deadline past July 1st, which Odom's agent, Jeff Schwartz, is apparently amenable to, but this has not happened yet.
One of many significant points about that deadline extension is that it could open the door for Odom to return to the Lakers, if a deal to the other LA team falls through. One thing to note is that if Odom is waived, and I believe my information is correct here, he could not return to Lakers until after December 10th, since he was traded one year ago at that point.
At various points the past month and a half, we heard stories about Dallas trying to package Lamar Odom as a semi-legitimate trade chip, but it seems the bloom on that rose has either left or was simply just a mirage.