According to an Associated Press report late Thursday afternoon, Lamar Odom is heading back to Los Angeles as a Clipper.
A three-team deal between the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Clippers would send Odom to the team he began his career with and Mo Williams to Utah, the wire service reported.
However, the trade is contingent upon Williams using his $8.5 million player option next season instead of entering free agency. A source that spoke on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that this would happen by Friday.
The Jazz would send an $8.2 million trade exception to Dallas that was created when they sent Mehmet Okur to the New Jersey Nets. As a result, the Mavericks would not have to buy out Odom’s deal for $2.4 million.
The former Laker and reality television star struggled mightily after being traded to Dallas. During his short stint with the Mavericks, Odom averaged a career low 6.6 points per game.
He is just a year removed from winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.