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Lakers ship Odom to Mavs

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Lakers traded forward Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick to the Mavericks for a first-round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception, capping Los Angeles' stunning 72-hour breakup with last season's sixth man of the year.

The Lakers and Mavs announced the deal Sunday night, three days after Odom learned Los Angeles was attempting to trade him for Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

After the NBA blocked that trade, Odom declined to report to the opening of camp Friday. Odom then requested a trade, and the Lakers swung a deal with the rival Mavs, who swept Los Angeles out of the playoffs.

Neither team formally acknowledged the deal until late Sunday, but both teams knew about the transaction when they reported to practices in the morning.

"To be honest with you, I don't like it," Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant said. "It's tough to lose Lamar. Pau (Gasol) is still here, and we're all thankful for that. It's hard when you've been through so many battles with players to just see them go somewhere else."

Odom's former teammates aren't thrilled to know he's on his way to Dallas, where he will aid the Mavs' recovery from Tyson Chandler's departure.

"Especially to them," Bryant said. "We were supposed to come back and get them back."

By moving Odom, the Lakers are thought to be positioning themselves for making a run at Orlando center Dwight Howard.

Silence between Howard, GM: Magic star Dwight Howard said at practice Sunday that he hasn't spoken with Otis Smith since telling the general manager last week that he wants to be traded. Howard said he has no idea about where the progress of his request stands. "He hasn't said anything to me since then," Howard said. The center said he conveyed to management several times during the pre-lockout offseason the type of personnel moves that could persuade him to stay. He said those suggestions were ignored. Smith has said he will pursue trade options, but the goal remains keeping the All-Star. Smith has granted New Jersey, Dallas and the Lakers permission to talk to Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, about possible deals.

West to Pacers: Forward David West is headed to Indiana, where he will join forces with Danny Granger and former Hornets teammate Darren Collison. West, 31, agreed to a two-year deal that his agent said was worth $20 million. The Pacers had not confirmed the signing.

Bobcats: Guard Kemba Walker, the ninth pick in the draft out of UConn, signed and will practice today. Terms were not disclosed.

Knicks: Guard Mike Bibby signed, forward Jared Jeffries re-signed and the team signed two draft picks (guard Iman Shumpert and center Josh Harrellson).

Suns: Forward Grant Hill, 39, re-signed for one year at $6.5 million as the team also announced the signings of former Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair (one year) and first-round pick Markieff Morris.

Warriors: The team signed center DeAndre Jordan to a four-year offer sheet worth about $42.7 million. As a restricted free agent, the Clippers have three days to match the offer.

Lakers ship Odom to Mavs 12/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2011 10:14pm]
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