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Report: Lamar Odom wants to play for Knicks

May 24, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

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Right now, Lamar Odom is the Dallas Mavericks draft day trade bait — they are going to be shopping him and his $8.2 million contract around. And there will be interest because Odom can be bought out by June 30 for $2.4 million — that’s a big savings. If nobody else buys him out, Dallas will.

Bottom line is come July 1, Odom will be a free agent.

He will have a few suitors but he would like to be in New York, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

But a source with knowledge of Odom’s thinking says the New York Knicks would be “on the top of his list” if the Queens native becomes a free agent.

“Lamar is big on being comfortable,” the source said. “And New York is somewhere he can be comfortable.”

No doubt comfort will matter to Odom — after the shake ups of the last season it will be his biggest priority — but my guess is it will not be in New York. The Knicks are already over the salary cap so all they can really offer is a $5 million mid-level exception and they likely have to use all of that to keep Jeremy Lin. If they get lucky in the ruling by an arbitrator and the Knicks don’t need to use the MLE on Lin expect them to go after Steve Nash or another point guard with that money.

After that, there is no real money to offer Odom unless he wants to play for the veteran’s minimum in NYC.

I expect he will go somewhere he’s played before. The Lakers could use him but couldn’t offer much more than the Knicks. The Clippers would be an interesting fit but they are looking to spend their offseason money on a two guard and wing depth.

Maybe the most logical option is he takes the MLE to play for the Heat. He’s played in Miami before, so he’s comfortable, plus if you’ve watched the playoffs you know they could use his versatility and scoring depth along the front line (plus Dwyane Wade will recruit). Wherever he lands I expect we’ll see something closer to the old Odom that really benefits his team. And really, really pisses off Mavericks fans.

  1. congocash - May 24, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    he wants to start his own broadway show now?

  2. hoodheisman - May 24, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    He goes wherever his wife tells him to go. That clan has had their eyes on NY for a while. I’d laugh my @ss off if he were to get traded to the Nets and become teammates with Humphreys.

  3. stoudemelo - May 24, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Dear Lamar,

    No one wants you in New York, or anywhere else in this league.

    go join Marbury and Iverson playing in high school gyms in weird countries

    Sincerely,
    EVERYONE WHO LOVES BASKETBALL AND HATES WHINY FAT OVER THE HILL PLAYERS WHO STEAL MILLIONS OF $$$$’S

  4. abchome - May 24, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Khloe & Lamar Season 3…

  5. verytalldad - May 24, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    In all seriousness, to think his wife (and mother in law) are NOT driving these decisions is ridiculous. Khloe has already had a show in NYC. The guys wants to be in NYC or LA. For his sake and his wifes. Pretty pathetic, but he will probably be a reality star with the Kardashians longer than he will be a NBA player in the long run- as crazy as that sounds.

  6. thacloser86 - May 24, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    stoudemelo

    And who r u sound like you’re jealous let’s see you in the BBall court

    • jeffw - May 24, 2012 at 3:19 AM

      That’s not even english… Try again. What is it you are attemptimg to communicate?

      • drunkenjunk - May 24, 2012 at 3:32 AM

        you’re probably just confusing him. Stoudemelo’s comments were completly true.

    • stoudemelo - May 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      @closer I’m clearly not at an nba level just a fan who knows the game

  7. thegonz13 - May 24, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    Correction… KHLOE wants to go to NY. Lamar will just follow.

    • skoobyfl - May 24, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      They want to be a part of it.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - May 24, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    NY doesn’t need the circus that would follow.

  9. mungman69 - May 24, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Those little town blues are melting away.

  10. davidly - May 24, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Anybody who is married knows that one’s spouse and in-laws factor into life and career decisions. Why should Odom’s be any different?

    None of the meat-receptacles spewing their digitalized toxic hate on this or any other forum knows what it was like to be Lamar Odom this past year. If it is the perception of big-money for nothing that leads to this animosity, so be it; I can think of many other targets for the bitterness who earn even more money and cause a heck of a lot more direct damage to our society. Odom, at least, is a genuinely nice guy who isn’t out to hurt anyone.

    For those who harp on the “reality” business: Turn off your TVs, man! You don’t have to watch that crap. I’d say it wasn’t made for you, but you make it for you by default. Who’s more pathetic in that regard?

    I wish him health and happiness with both what it left of his professional life, and for his personal life beyond that.

    • tk41 - May 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Last season, Lamar Odom turned in (arguably) the least professional season since Vin Baker was showing up to the arena drunk. He is held to a different standard as it relates to his in-laws because he is a public figure earning 8 figures per year. Furthermore, I’d guess that you – or anyone else who has to deal with in-law issues – still acts like a professional while on the clock.

      Odom showed up in poor physical and mental condition to play basketball. The Mavericks repeatedly attempted to get him to buy into a system and act like a professional. Odom repeatedly refused to do so. The Mavericks used both positive reinforcement (watch ANY Carlisle interview from before Valentine’s day) and negative reinforcement (D-League); neither of which were successful.

      Odom routinely showed up late for practices, meetings and games – sometimes not showing up at all. He got into multiple shouting matches with teammates, coaches and, finally, the owner. His teammates voted UNANIMOUSLY to withhold his playoff share (about $20K) and donate it to charity.

      There is no basis for your assertion he is “a genuinely nice guy” – however, there is plenty for the basis that he cannot conduct himself as a professional.

      • Kurt Helin - May 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Odom was very unprofessional last season. Odom is a genuinely nice guy (and frankly, really funny and down to earth when the mics are off). Those two things can be mutually exclusive.

    • drunkenjunk - May 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      dude, stfu. I’m sure most of us on here don’t watch his stupid show, with his troll of a wife. The problem most people have is the dude wasn’t a professional this year. He felt betrayed that the Lakers wanted to trade him (cry baby). So after that one fell through they trade him to the Mavs. He was a huge waste, just showed up for a pay check. He showed no effort the entire season. He looked out of shape and uninterested.

      Stop acting like he had the worst year of all time last year. Get off his nuts. I guarentee there are a bunch of people on this board who lost a bro/sis/mom/dad or whatever else that pussy cried about and they had to go on with their lives.

      • davidly - May 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        Pee-brain.

      • drunkenjunk - May 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        I think you still got something on your mouth.

      • davidly - May 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        “dude, stfu” might be a good moniker for your chief personality trait, but it only places a q.e.d. upon the point I was making.

        That is (to further my point, and, as to your query below): My original comment functions perfectly in response to your immediate reply to me. But since – as my snark to you indicates – you don’t seem to have the capacity to digest it effectively: Whether or not you can scour the meta-verse for your source of indignation – perhaps all the fine examples of those who have pressed on in times of personal tragedy – it doesn’t change the fact that the target of your focus remains on someone else’s nuts.

  11. baron30 - May 24, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    BROOKLYN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    if they could land Howard and resign D-Will….D-Will, Dwight, Gerald Wallace, Odom, Humphries, Brooks, Green and some other pieces…thats a solid team.

  12. omniusprime - May 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    As long as Loser Odom doesn’t play for the Lakers ever again. Mr. Kardashian would go well with natural born loser Lin, the most Linept player in the NBA. The worthless Knicks deserve this garbage. NYC seems to be collecting a lot of sports garbage so why not Odom.

  13. zeedoubleyou - May 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    As a Heat fan, I want no part of this quitter. I’m not upset with what Battier has brought to the team, but I can’t see Riley using the mini-midlevel on anything but a post player this offseason.

  14. suhnum1fan - May 24, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    He and his fat wife are only interested in doing TV shows, loser

  15. worldbfree4me - May 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    The Bobcats or Toronto would be a perfect place to ship this clown for the way he and the wife did Cuban and Dallas.

  16. drunkenjunk - May 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    wow davidly that was an amazing comeback, no argument?

    • davidly - May 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      You make your own arguments against yourself.

  17. southpaw77 - May 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    There is another team in NY now.

    He can play for Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Nets.
    Then Jay-Z, the Kardashians and Kanye can put Brooklyn on the front pages with their theatrics.

  18. blueblood86 - May 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Please Noooooooo!
    I hate those sisters there dumb fools that are on TV.
    As a Knicks fan the only way I would want him is if he gets divorced.
    Witch is more likely since they are gold digging wh0res

  19. pacific123ocean - May 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Lamar needs to get his head straight, or nobody will want him.

  20. daniel10017 - May 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    The Knicks are insane if they think about Odom. He’s washed up and he’s going to have major health problems as its well known he eats excessively lots of candy.

  21. phillyfan4ever - May 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Wouldn’t he need a permit to bring his pet elephant, i mean wife into New York?

    • boilerup1869 - May 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      One time I asked my brother what he thought about Lamar marrying Khloe Kardashian. His response was the best summation of that relationship I’ve ever heard:

      “Third-best Laker for the third-best Kardashian.”

  22. bozosforall - May 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    One thing is certain…any team that gives him anything more than an NBA minimum contract is overpaying.

  23. furio2929 - May 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Lamar, if u want a job in the NBA quit reality TV. That’s ur down fall. It makes you look weak. What career is more important? Ask yourself that.

  24. jetstizzi85 - May 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    As a Knicks fan, I would like this move ONLY if he was released not traded for and at a cheapppppp rate

  25. dolfan66r - May 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    OMG Lamar and Khloe take New York.

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