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Goodbye, Lamar; hello, Deron?

Lamar Odom's stint with the Mavs didn't go well for either party. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

It's a testament to how disappointing Lamar Odom was in Dallas that the Mavericks are breathing a sigh of relief because they successfully gave him away for free.

Dallas agreed to trade him to the Clippers for nothing -- absolutely, positively, nothing. Because the Mavs have cleared the $2.4 million guaranteed portion of Odom's salary off their books for the coming season, they still come out ahead on the deal. Combined with a draft-day deal that sent out Kelenna Azubuike and his guaranteed $1 million-plus (although it's baffling why Dallas guaranteed this in the first place), the Mavs head into free agency with $8.5 million in cap space.