Williams is the key piece to the trade because he needs to exercise his $8.5 million player option for next season. If he declines, Williams will become a free agent.
Sefko wrote that trading Odom would save the club from having to buy out the final year of his contract, saving the Mavs $2.4 million against the salary cap.
Odom, who was traded to the Mavericks in December, never enjoyed his time in Dallas. A year after earning Sixth Man of the Year honors with the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom posted his worst career numbers, averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Odom and the Mavericks agreed to part ways on April 9, causing him to miss the final nine regular season games and all four playoff contests. It’s been widely reported that Odom, 32, wanted to return to Los Angeles.