Could Lamar Odom play for the New York Knicks within the imminent future?
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the New York Knicks will sign Lamar Odom before the regular season ends:
Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks are on course, barring an unforeseen snag, to formally sign Odom this week in a move that would put him on their roster immediately and, more importantly, include a team option for next season.
Structuring the deal this way, after a tumultuous 12 months for one of Jackson’s favorite players when they worked together with the Los Angeles Lakers, would give the Knicks two months before free agency begins July 1 to get the 34-year-old into their program and start working with him.
The Knicks, sources say, would want to use the extra time to see if they can get Odom to the point, physically and mentally, where the talented but enigmatic lefty is worthy of a roster spot next season.
Lamar Odom didn’t play a single game during the 2013-14 season. The sports and entertainment news headlining forward has had quite a time since the end of last season, with a rough summer punctuated by drug rumors and a divorce from Khloe Kardashian. But with Phil Jackson, Odom’s former coach, as the new president of the Knicks, New York is apparently now in negotiations to bring Odom to Manhattan.
Jackson told the New York Times‘ Billy Witz in March, “We’re in a talent hunt…We have to bring in talent.” If Odom is brought onto the Knicks it would be Jackson’s first move since taking over for the Knicks.
Question is, if Odom is brought to the city that never sleeps, will he be able to stay away from the trouble that seems to follow him?