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Mavericks sign Odom from Lakers

(Reuters) - The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Lamar Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers, the reigning NBA champions said on Sunday. The prospect of trading the two-time NBA champion had been criticized by Los Angeles' top player Kobe Bryant but still went ahead. Odom was the top reserve on the Lakers roster and was given the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. The Mavericks said in a statement that the versatile 32-year-old arrived along with a 2012 second round draft pick and other second round considerations for 2013, while the Lakers gained a 'protected first round pick'. Last week Dallas traded center Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks while the Lakers were blocked in their bid to bring in Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. Odom, who averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 82 games last season, was reported to have been part of the trade and would have headed to the Hornets if the move had come off. Speaking on Sunday before the deal had been announced Byrant told reporters: "To be honest with you, I don't like it. It 's tough to lose Lamar". Dallas beat L.A in the second round of the playoffs last year, a point that was not lost on Bryant. "We were supposed to come back and get them back. It's tough," he said.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Julian Linden)

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