The worst-kept secret in the NBA was made official Sunday evening after the Los Angeles Lakers announced they'd traded forward Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks for a first-round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception.
The deal was announced three days after Odom learned Los Angeles was attempting to trade him in a megadeal for New Orleans superstar Chris Paul.
After the NBA blocked the trade, Odom, who was last year's Sixth Man of the Year, refused to report to the Lakers' opening day of training camp on Friday. He then requested a trade and now he's headed to the team that beat the Lakers in the second round of last season's playoffs and later won the championship.
"It's tough to lose Lamar," Kobe Bryant told the Associated Press before the deal was formally announced.
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