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Knicks announce signing of Lamar Odom for remainder of the season

Apr 16, 2014, 7:48 PM EDT

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Phil Jackson made his first move as Knicks president of basketball operations, and it’s one that’s been reportedly in the works for the last few days.

New York signed Lamar Odom for the remainder of the season, a move that places him on the roster for exactly one game that will earn him a reported $8,500.

From the official release:

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced Wednesday that the team has signed forward Lamar Odom for the remainder of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Odom, 6-foot-10, 221-pounds, holds career averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 33.4 minutes in 961 games (684 starts) over 14 seasons with the L.A. Clippers, Miami, L.A. Lakers and Dallas. He appeared in two games for Baskonia (Spain) this season and last played in the NBA for the Clippers during the 2012-13 season, averaging 4.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 19.7 minutes in 82 games (two starts).

By signing Odom now, New York was able to add on a non-guaranteed team option for next season, which is really what this was all about.

The Knicks can work on getting Odom right both physically and mentally during the summer, and then evaluate his progress and his professionalism along the way before determining whether or not he’s a fit for the team next season.

New York is likely to have plenty of different faces around in the immediate future, including almost certainly a new head coach. It remains to be seen whether or not Odom can make an NBA comeback, but all eyes will be watching given the fact that it’s Jackson’s first move — albeit a very minor one — aimed at steering the franchise in a positive direction.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how bad this organization is. As a Knicks fan, I feel like each day, the Knicks find a way to make my day miserable. It’s not even funny anymore. What a pathetic franchise.

    • chicagosports2014 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Phil did good with Rodman

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        LMAO! Yes, you are right.

      • spursareold - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        I don’t believe Rodman was on crack…

    • davidly - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Chin up. They finished the season as lineal champs.

  2. adoombray - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    L.O. in h is 6th man of the year run was really a pleasure to watch. He was an unselfish player who stepped into whatever role was needed and was an outstanding teammate. That was Phil that got that out of him. As much as a Boston guy can root for the knicks, I’m pulling for him to get his head right and transition into a coaching opportunity somewhere down the line. If there’s anybody who can communicate the dangers that might befall young men in the modern in NBA, It’s Lamar Odom Kardashian.

  3. chargerdillon - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    The biggest signging of the year……a crackhead to the Knicks.

    Really Phil? A crackhead?! A CRACKHEAD?!??!?!?!?!

    Then again…..who else other than a crackhead would join the Knicks at this point.


  4. bux1022 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Obviously not a fan. A fan supports the team through the ups and downs. We have been to the playoffs every year that Stat has arrived, except for this year. We need cheap players to fill the roster next year. Doesn’t get any cheaper than Odom and he understands the triangle! So at this point the only two people that understand the offense is the GM and our recent acquisition! Go jump in the Nets bandwagon chump!

  5. tomtravis76 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    “The Goods” will be a nice addition, if he can get mentally correct. I

  6. chris3141084 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    What’s the difference of signing him now versus tomorrow? He’s a free agent, does it matter?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Odom needed the $8500, Khloe cut off his allowance.

    • marcusfitzhugh - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Yes, it does make a difference. The Knicks now have the OPTION of signing Odom. Now the Knicks own his rights. If right,Odom is definitely better than the last guy on the bench. If he doesn’t work out, it only cost the Knicks $ 8500. If he does work out, it will be the smartest $ 8500 the Knicks could have possibly spent.

      • chris3141084 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        My comments was alluding to why sign now as opposed to have him sign a non-guaranteed contract for next year.

    • kb2408 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      Did you even read the blog? If you did you wouldn’t have asked that question.

      • chris3141084 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        As stated above my comments was asking why sign now as opposed to have him sign a non-guaranteed contract for next year. I read the blog. No one is busting down Odom’s door to get him to sign, even if there was a doorway without the door, no one other than Phil was hobbling through it. I guess Phil wanted to give Lamar some money to make more bad decisions.

  7. campcouch - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Odom was a lost soul until he fell under the mentorship of Phil Jackson. He was a solid citizen, accepted and flourished in his role for the Lakers while Jackson coached him. Odom may be a whateverhead since his high school days,but he does have a great hoops IQ. When they get him into shape,he’ll be helpful in the team’s transition to the Triangle. It’s obvious that Odom lost his way once he was sent away from the stability and guidance of Jackson. Sounds weird,but it looks like he saw Phil as a father figure and it worked. I hope he gets his issues dealt with and can finish out his career in a respectable manner.

  8. lakerade - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Good luck Odom. Don’t worry, Metta Pau Fish & Bynum will join you soon.

  9. void96eater - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Ok, this double cantonbound thing is really starting to confuse me.

  10. csbanter - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    If Odom was in his prime this move would be great.

  11. toycannoni - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    odom will be used to help phil implement the triangle offense….he did the same with the lakers in bringing in horace grant and ron harper from the bulls

    don’t see odom making a big contribution, but if his head is on straight he could be a decent addition

    not sure crack head is a fair term to call him, especially when you figure in the kardashians show is set up to make them always look good and the other person is always at fault

    doubt phil would take a chance on any kind of a drug head

  12. ChocolateThunder - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I wish the Knicks would sign me for the remainder of the season! I would love 8.5k right now.

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