Brian T. SmithTwitter: @tribjazzPress release:Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced today that the team has acquired guard Mo Williams from the Los Angeles Clippers, pending the outcome of a physical, as part of a four-team trade in which the Clippers receive forward Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets receive the draft rights to the Clippers' 53rd overall pick (Furkan Aldemir) and the Jazz sends the team's trade exception to Dallas. The Jazz obtained the trade exception in a deal with the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets along with a future second-round pick in exchange for center Mehmet Okur on December 22, 2011.
A 2009 NBA All-Star selection, Williams (6-1, 195, Alabama) is entering his 10th NBA season and has appeared in 589 career games (432 starts), owning career averages of 13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 30.4 minutes with Utah, Milwaukee, Cleveland and the Clippers. He has also played in 41 career playoff games (25 starts) and averaged 12.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists. This past season Williams saw action in 52 games (one start) for the Clippers, averaging 13.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28.3 minutes while helping L.A. to the best record in franchise history and a trip to the Western Conference Semifinals.
The 29-year-old Jackson, Miss., native was originally selected by the Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft. As a rookie in 2003-04, his only season with the Jazz, Williams appeared in 57 games (no starts) and averaged 5.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.5 minutes. His best statistical NBA season came with Cleveland during the 2008-09 season, when he averaged a career-high 17.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists and hit .436 (183-420) from three-point range in 81 games (all starts) and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star before helping lead the Cavaliers to the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.