Former Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom has been dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN.
The trade, which happened Friday as part of of a four-team deal that also includes sending Clipper guard Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz, sends the former NBA Sixth-Man of the Year award winner back to the team that drafted him in 1999.
“I’m looking at this like it’s a good fit to be going back to the Clippers,” Odom said. “I think that the Clippers have some very good pieces. I like the way Chris (Paul) and Blake (Griffin) compete. I think basketball-wise, it’ll be pretty easy for me to play with this team.”
Odom, 32, spent his first four years in NBA with the Clippers before being traded to Miami in 2003. While with the Heat, Odom put up averages of 17.1 points and 9.7 boards per contest.
After the 2003-2004 NBA season, Odom was was traded to the Lakers where he became regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league. The Lakers went on to win the 2009 and 2010 NBA titles, with Odom being a key component in that success.
In December of 2011 Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he had a horrible season, with career-lows in virtually every category, including averaging only 6.6 points in 50 games.
Addressing the concerns of his poor play in Dallas, Odom said:
“I know all the questions will be about Dallas and will I be a good fit with the Clippers,” Odom said. “But (last season) was hard for me after all I went through off the court last summer — the death of my cousin, the death of someone from a car accident I was involved in. For me, it was one too many things to deal with.”
ABC News reports that an official news conference about the Lamar Odom trade is set for Monday.