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Mar 26, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks close to signing Lamar Odom

Since he has taken the job, many have wondered what Phil Jackson‘s first personnel move would be.

We may have that answer within days as it looks like one of Jackson’s guys could be heading to New York.

Apr 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Lamar Odom (7) pulls in a rebound in the first half of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Knicks and Lamar Odom are making progress toward striking a deal before the regular season is over on Wednesday.

Stein writes:

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.

Odom is still recovering from a back injury that ended his time in the Spanish League, so he likely isn’t healthy enough to play on Wednesday.

He last saw NBA action with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2012-13 season. In 82 games he averaged 4.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 19.7 minutes per game. His career averages are 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 33.4 minutes a night.

Who knows if Odom has any productive basketball left in him, but he has always been one of Jackson’s favorite players when he is healthy and given the lack of salary cap space and draft picks the Knicks possess, Jackson has to get creative in any attempts to upgrade the Knicks roster.

This isn’t  the first time that the Knicks explored the option of signing Odom as they kicked the tires on him before this season began.

If anything it gives the Knicks time to see if Odom can get his game back on track physically and more important mentally over the summer.

If it doesn’t work out it is no big deal as this is the typical low risk, potentially high reward type of move that we likely will see Jackson make a couple of times this summer.


 

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