The Los Angeles Clippers filled one of their pressing needs to secure a talented big man when they acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks in a four-team trade that sent guard Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz on Friday.
After Williams exercised his $8.5-million player option for next season, the Clippers and Mavericks were able to conclude the deal to send Odom back to the Clippers, the team that drafted him in 1999.
Odom and Williams began their NBA careers with the Clippers and Jazz, respectively.
Odom was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Mavericks in December, but his time with the Mavericks was not productive. He averaged just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for Dallas, and Odom and the Mavs agreed to part ways on April 9.
It had been reported that Odom, 32, wanted to return to Los Angeles.
Williams averaged 13.2 points, and 3.1 assists in 52 games, including one start, for the Clippers this past season.