The Lakers need a point guard now that Ramon Sessions has decided to opt out of his contract next season. Mo Williams would like to be a starter again after playing behind Chris Paul with the Clippers last season. Lamar Odom would like to play with anyone other than the Dallas Mavericks, and the feeling apparently is mutual.
So, as ESPN.com reported Tuesday, could a three-team deal work for the Lakers, Clippers and Mavericks? The Lakers could swap the $8.5-million trade exception they got from the Mavericks in exchange for Odom last December to get Williams from the Clippers. The Mavericks could deal Odom to the Clippers and be done with him.
Williams certainly could give the Lakers some offensive explosiveness, and management could return its focus to upgrading the bench for next season. The Lakers thought they had the point guard spot locked up for next season and beyond, but then Sessions decided to test free agency and they went back to square one.
Williams reportedly plans to exercise his $8.5-million option for next season to remain with the Clippers despite a logjam at the point guard spot. In addition to Paul, the Clippers also have promising youngster Eric Bledsoe and veteran Chauncey Billups.
Stay tuned. It could be an interesting next few days for the Lakers and Clippers.