Last winter, the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for nothing.L.A. didn’t get any players in return, and the first-round pick that Dallas sent them ended up going back to the Mavs because it was top-20 protected.
So in the end, the Lakers only got the $8.9 million “trade exception” that teams get if it trades a player and gets nothing of value in return.
But in a twist of fate, that trade exception was essential when the the Lakers acquired Steve Nash yesterday. If they never gave away Odom, they wouldn’t have been allowed to absorb Nash’s ~$9-million contract under the salary cap rules, and Nash would be going elsewhere.
The Mavericks have to be kicking themselves as well.
Dallas was one of the handful of teams reportedly making a run at Nash. There’s no guarantee that they would have signed Nash over the Knicks and Raptors, but eliminating the Lakers from the mix would have given them a much better shot.
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