Lamar Odom started his career with the Los Angeles Clippers and now could be headed back to the team. (Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks have talked about a potential trade that would send Lamar Odom back to L.A., reports ESPN.com's Mark Stein.
The Mavericks have until Friday to buy out the last year of Odom's contract for $2.4 million.
Odom started his career with the Clippers and has spent most of his career in Los Angeles, enjoying his most successful run with the Lakers.
The Lakers traded Odom to the Mavericks last offseason, but the veteran forward's time in Dallas came to an abrupt end in April. Odom was clearly unhappy with the Mavericks, and the two sides decided to part ways over Easter weekend.
But Odom's rights still belong to Dallas. It is believed Odom would prefer to return to Los Angeles, if possible, and the versatile forward could contribute to the improving Clippers team.
The key to any trade is finding a third team that would take Los Angeles guard Mo Williams, Stein reports. Dallas does not want to take on any major salaries in the trade, and Williams is expected to exercise his $8.5 million option.