The New York Knicks have an open roster spot since cutting Earl Clark a few weeks ago. But is it really worth adding anyone else with three games left to play and a miracle finished needed to make the playoffs? Apparently so in the world of the Knicks.
According to Marc Stein, the latest New York Knicks rumors suggest that they’re considering signing Lamar Odom for the remainder of the season:
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.
Recall that during the Knicks-Nets game last week that Odom and Phil Jackson went back to the Knicks’ locker room and spoke for awhile. The possibility of Odom surely is a Jackson-related move. Odom had the best years of his career playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers as a versatile sixth man. However, after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Odom’s career and life went off the rails. He was out of shape with the Mavericks, joined the Los Angeles Clippers where he never quite got back to his old self and then was out of the league.
There were some issues with drugs and his marriage, which seemingly have been cleaned up, and then he most recently played overseas in Spain. His contributions this season wouldn’t matter — if this actually goes through — but the important part would be being able to work out with the Knicks in an official capacity this summer and being with Jackson. If there’s someone who could resurrect Odom’s career, it would likely be Jackson. And if all works out, Odom becomes a potentially serviceable veteran big off the bench for next season.
More to come as this shakes out.