The New York Knicks may be out of the playoffs but they’re not done looking at ways to improve their roster. With practically no time left in the season, the Knicks are nearing a deal with free agent forward Lamar Odom that would not only get him on the team but could ensure he’s on the team when the Phil Jackson regime officially kicks in this offseason.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Knicks are expected to sign Odom soon barring any unforeseen snags in the deal.
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.
The move is a preemptive one for next season as signing Odom this year has pretty much zero value given that he’d be on roster for the remaining Knicks schedule and then sit with the rest of the team as they all watch the playoffs.
Odom flourished under Jackson in Los Angeles with the Lakers and there’s hope that the troubled forward not only has his life in order off the court but can regain some of the glory he once held on it too.