Traded: Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian Headed Back To Los Angeles
When "Khloe & Lamar" resumes production circa...whenever, it will be back on familiar turf.
ESPN.com reported the official news Friday afternoon that former Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom is headed back to the Los Angeles Clippers in a four-team trade with the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.
These three-or-more-team deals can get dicey, so stick with me: in the deal, the Clippers sent guard Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz and the draft rights to second-round pick Furkan Aldemir to the Houston Rockets. From Utah, Dallas received the draft rights to forward Tadija Dragicevic. And of course, the Clippers receive Odom, who broke into the league with the "other" Los Angeles NBA franchise from 2009-2003.
The only thing that held the deal up when it was actually made Thursday was awaiting Williams' decision to pick up his contract option next season.
Odom was a 2010-2011 Sixth Man of the Year winner with the Los Angeles Lakers and helped them to back-to-back 2009 and 2010 NBA Championships. That said, his productivity trailed off after he publicly admitted feeling "disrespected" when the Lakers tried dealing him to the New Orleans Hornets for guard Chris Paul, only to have the trade blocked by NBA Commissioner David Stern as being "not in the best interest of the league." Instead, Odom ended up shooting just 35 percent from the field and averaging a career-low 6.6 points per game for the Mavericks in an abbreviated stint that saw him removed from the team before the season ended.
Then this past April, Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian announced they would put their E! "Keeping Up with The Kardashians" spin-off "Khloe & Lamar" on hold while Odom redirected himself toward getting back in NBA shape after a Developmental League stint, and trying to make his way onto an injury-depleted U.S. Olympic basketball team.