*(Via LA Times) –  Two days after getting squashed by the NBA in an apparent deal for Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Lakers traded forward Lamar Odom to Dallas for the Mavericks‘ first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft.

“It’s a done deal,” said a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The Mavericks might also send the Lakers another unspecified draft pick. It was not immediately clear whether the move was a straight salary dump or a circuitous effort to try to get Howard or Paul down the road.

Next year’s draft is considered deep, but the Mavericks, the defending NBA champions, aren’t expected to have a very high selection.

The Lakers lose depth in the front court and a solid character in the locker room.

The Lakers also pulled out of another trade proposal for Paul on Saturday.

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