The Lakers are in desperate need of a point guard.
Los Angeles acquired Ramon Sessions at the trade deadline, but he decided to decline his option and become a free agent. Sessions was productive for L.A. in his 23 games with the team, averaging 12.7 points and dishing out 6.2 assists per contest.
However, the Lakers might not be willing to commit to Sessions long-term. Deron Williams and Steve Nash are both free agents, but L.A. doesn't have enough money under the salary cap to sign either of them.
The Lakers best option might be to trade for a point guard. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Los Angeles might try to trade for Mo Williams.
The Clippers point guard has a player option for next season, and he's expected to exercise it for $8.5 million. He's on a team with Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe, so the Clippers don't need another point guard, and would like to shed his contract from their roster.
The Lakers might be the perfect team to unload Williams on. Williams only started one game in the 2011-2012 Season, but he could easily step into the starting role for the Lakers. He's come off the bench for only a small portion of his career, and is averaging 13.8 points and 4.9 assists per game for his career.
Williams made the All-Star team in 2009, replacing an injured Chris Bosh.
The Lakers have a trade exception after dealing Odom to Dallas in December, so they'd be able to take on Williams' contract. Stein didn't indicate what Los Angeles would give up in a potential deal, but the report says Williams would be a part of three-team trade.
A potential trade would involve the Lakers, Clippers and Mavericks. Lamar Odom would go from Dallas to the Clippers, and Williams would go to the Lakers. Such a deal would allow the Mavericks to get rid of Odom without taking a lot of money back.
The Mavericks are looking to part with Odom after the worst season of his career. Odom averaged 6.6 points per contest in 50 games. It's the first time in his 13-year career that he didn't average double-digits in points. He also averaged career lows in rebounds, assists and blocks.
Dallas would like to get rid of Odom's contract so they can make a play for a marquee free agent this summer.