DALLAS -- No one wants Lamar Odom and Vince Carter on the Dallas Mavericks practice court more quickly than coach Rick Carlisle.
The Mavs acquired Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers late Saturday night. The trade wasn't officially announced until Sunday, and Odom has 48 hours to report.
Carter didn't sign his three-year contract -- it'll pay him $3 million this season -- until Monday.
Meanwhile, Carlisle expected Odom and Carter to attend media day at 10 a.m. today at American Airlines Center, and go through their first workout with the Mavs on Wednesday.
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"It's important [to have Odom and Carter at camp], but logistics are logistics," Carlisle said. "We've got to submit ourselves to what the rules are.
"If you trade for a guy, you can't just Star Trek beam him here for practice. It just doesn't work that way."
Carter watched the Mavs practice the past two days while the paperwork on his contract was being finalized. But it's the 6-foot-10 Odom who has mostly fascinated the Mavs.
Last year's Sixth Man Award winner, Odom, who arrived in Dallas on Monday, can play virtually all five positions.
"Lamar Odom is a really polished all-around basketball player for a guy that is 6-10," Carlisle said. "He's been a championship player for two of the last three years, a guy that we have such huge respect for because of all the different things he can do on the basketball floor, both offensively and defensively."
That's probably why Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was upset after his team traded Odom to a Mavs team that swept the Lakers in the second round of last year's playoffs.
"I don't know [Kobe's] quotes or any of that," Carlisle said. "I'm not going to comment on that, but my reaction is we're very happy to get Lamar."
The Mavs essentially gave a protected first-round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception to the Lakers for Odom.
"It's definitely surprising when you get a player of that caliber and that skill level coming off a good season for that basically low of a price," center Brendan Haywood said. "We love it."
Free agent forward Brian Cardinal tweeted his return to the Mavs last Saturday night.
And there he was, back on the court Monday after signing a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
Cardinal said it was natural for him to tweet about something he had waiting a long time for.
"With all the free time I had this summer," Cardinal said, "I figured I'd step up my Twitter game a little."
Did Rick Carlisle read what Cardinal had to say on Twitter?
"I don't follow Brian Cardinal on Twitter," Carlisle said while laughing. "But I was aware of it because I was the one who contacted him a couple of nights ago.
"I was very vigilant about wanting to get it done. When [owner] Mark [Cuban] and [general manager] Donnie [Nelson] gave me the green light to make the call, that was great news for us."
Happy for Barea
J.J. Barea signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, and that made Rick Carlisle's day.
Barea played the first five years of his NBA career with the Mavs before they decided not to meet his free-agent contract demands this off-season.
"I'm happy that he's able to experience that kind of a payday because what he did here the last three years has earned him that," Carlisle said. "And he'll be a terrific player for the Timberwolves."
West joins Mavs
The Mavs found their veteran backup to Jason Kidd when free-agent point Delonte West agreed to a one-year contract Monday.
West, 28, has averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game in his career while playing for Boston (two tours), Seattle and Cleveland. The 24th pick of the 2004 draft, West is a gritty defender who averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 assists last year for the Celtics.
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