DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks acquired forward Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for an $8.9 million trade exception and the Mavs' first-round pick, the teams announced Sunday night.
Odom should help ease the loss of center Tyson Chandler, who was traded to the New York Knicks in a three-team deal. The Mavericks received an $11 million trade exception in the sign-and-trade, $8.9 million of which they shipped to the Lakers in the Odom deal.
Adding Odom and Vince Carter to a mix that already includes Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Shawn Marion has Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle giddy.
"We're going to be a very good team," Carlisle said. "And we're going to be a dangerous team."
Nowitzki surveyed the landscape and came to the same conclusion. He's especially glad that Odom -- with whom he's had many tense battles -- is in the trenches with him.
"I've always been a fan of his game because he's a great all-around player," Nowitzki said. "He's very smooth, very fun to watch, so I think he's going to fit in great.
"He can play multiple positions, he can guard multiple positions. He's long, so he's going to fit in well."
Odom was the NBA's Sixth Man Award winner last year, beating out Terry. He could he inserted into the starting lineup at small forward, freeing Marion to return to his customary role as a major player off the bench.
"Lamar Odom is a guy we have great respect for as a person and as an all-around player in this league," Carlisle said. "We feel he's going to add so many different dimensions for us -- length, play-making, scoring, experience, championship experience.
"Right now, to me, with having Odom, Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, we may have the best forwards trio in this league right now. And that's exciting."
Nowitzki also can think of numerous possibilities where he, Odom and Marion could be on the court at the same time.
"I think all three of us can play together or we can play off each other," Nowitzki said. "Nobody is really selfish.
"Both [Odom and Marion] can plug a lot of holes defensively, they're both long. Shawn has been our best perimeter defender, and Lamar can guard [small forwards] and can guard [power forwards] and [centers], also."
Kobe Bryant is extremely upset that the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to, of all teams, the Mavericks.
"Especially to them," Bryant told LA writers. "We were supposed to come back and get them back.
"Do I think we got too little? Who did we get? I don't think [Mavs owner] Mark Cuban is protesting this trade."
The Mavs swept the Lakers in the second round of last year's playoffs.
After the Lakers tried to trade Odom to New Orleans last week as part of a blockbuster Chris Paul deal -- a trade that eventually fell through -- Odom declined to report to training camp Friday and went to Lakers management to demand a trade.
"You're talking about the [NBA's] Sixth Man of the Year last year," Bryant said of Odom. "He played lights-out."
The Mavericks on Sunday signed free-agent guard Drew Neitzel. Undrafted in 2008 out of Michigan State, Neitzel played last season in Germany for BBC Bayreuth. In 16 games for BBC Bayreuth, Neitzel averaged 7.7 points and 3.4 assists.
After arriving in town Sunday, Vince Carter and Brian Cardinal watched the Mavs' evening practice session. Both players should be in uniform today after they officially sign their contracts.
Lamar Odom isn't expected in town until Tuesday or Wednesday.
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