About a week ago I wrote a piece concerning Lamar Odom and his future in the NBA
. He needed the Los Angeles Clippers and the Clippers needed a guy like Odom. It was a mutually beneficial move. Odom is a stretch four who can provide outside scoring, defense and rebounding from the four spot, which the Clippers sorely lacked this past season. Blake Griffin will continue to get better, but Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans do not give the Clippers a consistent scoring option from the power forward position and Odom now fills that role.
His marriage is most likely saved as Khloe Kardashian apparently wants to start a family with Odom. Who's excited to see what that combination creates?! Not so much.
The Clippers, currently working without a GM, were able to pull the trigger on the trade, sending Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz who were looking for a more stable PG than Devin Harris, while Dallas receives a trade exception and the Clippers get Odom.
Don't be surprised if the Clippers decide to start Odom in the front cout alongside Griffin and Deandre Jordan to give them more length at the three spot, while bringing Caron Butler off the bench to provide that scoring punch they lost in shipping Williams to Utah.
The starting lineup can look one of two ways heading into the 2012-'13 season for the Clippers:
PG - Chris Paul
SG - Nick Young/Chauncey Billups
SF - Caron Butler/Lamar Odom
PF - Blake Griffin
C - DeAndre Jordan
Assuming the Clippers are to re-sign Young and Billups, of course. But both seem to be locks to return to Los Angeles next year as Young was born and raised in West LA and waived his Bird Rights in the trade that brought him to LA and Billups is excited about the core they have and wants to continue to get better after playing in the first 20 games of the season, helping the Clippers to 14-6 before tearing his achilles.