Lamar Odom Rumors: Utah Jazz Emerge As Third Team In Clippers Deal

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a way to bring Lamar Odom back to the team that drafted him, but will likely need a third team to make a deal happen. Well, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, the Utah Jazz have emerged as a possible third party to make this deal a go.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Jazz are willing to take on Mo Williams in a three-team trade scenario that would send Odom to the Clippers and enable the Mavericks to shed Odom's salary without taking back any salary.

The ball now is now in Williams' court. The trade cannot be completed unless Williams agrees to invoke his $8.5 million player option for next season by Saturday's deadline, which means that the 29-year-old is essentially deciding if he wants to return to the Jazz where he began his career in 2003-04 -- or test free agency this summer.

Having your future put in the hands of another player is certainly not the best case scenario, but any scenario in which Lamar gets back to L.A. and the Mavs can wipe their hands of Odom's tenure there would be one were pursuing. Now we'll wait and see what Williams' next move is.

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