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Report: Knicks may add Lamar Odom to roster before the regular season ends

Apr 11, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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Phil Jackson met with Lamar Odom at halftime of a recent Knicks game since taking the reigns as president of basketball operations, but few believed that was a meaningful discussion that would lead to a partnership that could occur this season.

But the possibility is real, and despite New York having just three games remaining on its schedule, the team is reportedly considering adding Odom to the roster at this extremely late stage.

From Marc Stein of

Sources told that the Knicks, at the behest of new team president Phil Jackson, have been looking into the possibility of signing Odom since the 34-year-old’s short stint playing in Spain came to an end and are weighing whether to go through with adding the Queens native to their roster before the regular season ends.

Among the options the Knicks are considering, sources said, is signing Odom before Wednesday’s regular-season finale to a contract that includes a team option for next season. Doing so would enable the Knicks to work with Odom throughout the offseason before deciding if he’s ready to play — physically and mentally — in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.

Odom was a favorite among teammates during the last Lakers championship season in 2010, and played under Jackson for six seasons.

Jackson is likely going to want to fill as many positions as possible with personnel that understand his philosophies — that could extend from the front office, to the coaches, to the players responsible for actually producing the wins.

Odom has had a tough run as of late, battling personal problems that included some reported drug issues, while trying to revive his basketball career in what was ultimately a failed attempt overseas.

The reunion could benefit both Jackson and Odom if things work out just right, and bringing Odom in now allows the organization to work with him the entire summer in order to see if he can get himself right, to the point where he could truly participate in the rebuilding project that will begin next season.

  1. mackcarrington - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    You think Chloe wouldn’t love hanging out in NYC?

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Uh, old fat ass and Lamar aren’t exactly on speaking terms you know…

      Phil, what the hell are you doing? You must have let Lamar share some of his “candy” with you to make this decision…

    • ranfan12 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      I take it you are being sarcastic since they are divorced lol

      • mackcarrington - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        I have no idea if they are divorced or not. I just thought they were separated.
        And why would a divorce stop her from stalking Lamar?

      • ranfan12 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:33 AM

        Good point

  2. cantonbound13 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Just keep the trashy Kardashians away & things should go well.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Maybe Phil can be a small part in helping him get his life back on the right track again. I’m rooting for you Lamar.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I guess Odom needs a 1-game paycheck.

  5. @thekid9ball - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I don’t know what Lamar is still capable off, but he would be this would be the right team for him to show us. Phil is as we all know is a great coach and mentor. No debate there. If any one can get Lamar back on track to show us that he deserved that 6th man of the year have to roll with the Zen Master.

    • toycannoni - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      he’s being brought in to help with the learning curve on the triangle….phil did the same thing when he went to the lakers and brought a few bulls in

      • @thekid9ball - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Triangle offense was I think why we have these players that have major success in their careers with Jackson. Yes, Kobe,Jordan are iconic, but he was able to realize how much talent there and created these great performances, but totally their needs to be a player with experience with Phil and winning , and keep them focused and taking that mindset Lamar knows that worked so well to showcase his skills also. Phil is amazing with mentoring players, and egos.Now he can install in Knicks organization. I they will be very successful

      • redbaronx - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        @toycannoni – Who are you thinking of? John Salley and Ron Harper? I’m not sure Phil would bring in Odom to assist in assimilating the triangle, and I’m not even sure the Triangle is the direction they’re going to go in. Remember Phil isn’t coaching.

        With that being said, the Triangle depends on skilled big men that can pass in the post, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that does turn out to be the case. It will be interesting to see who the Knicks get for Head Coach next year.

  6. miamatt - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I saw the headline and figured it would be a move with an eye towards next season. Bring in one of Phil’s guys, get him in the building for offseason work, and give him a chance to compete in camp. I’m sure it’ll be a vet minimum deal, so there is no risk on the Knicks’ end. Good move.

  7. therealhtj - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Saying LO ever understood Phil’s philosophies may be a reach.

  8. toycannoni - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    lol….they better keep him away from the kardashians….lamaar kardashian was a total train wreck

  9. lj312chicago - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Melo deserves what he gets if he stays in NYC

  10. jolink653 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Unless any contract he signs includes floating the whole Kardashian family into the middle of the Hudson and sinking the boat, I think they’d be much better off passing on him and his baggage

  11. lakerade - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Called it.

  12. tomtravis76 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Always liked the Goods. Smooth ,fluid, natural talent and a lefty. Nice touch on his jumper.

    He got a little caught up in being super famous in LA. To be winning rings in LA is unlike any other city, the celebrities all admire you and the city along with its offerings is your buffet.

    In NY with Phil’s leadership hopefully can get the man back on track. Wonder if Phil is trying to make a splash and send some expirings out west for a two year rental and a very large contract. NYC is the only other market that could handle number 24.

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