Trans. Apr 11 6:29 ET (Apr 11 6:29 ET ) The New York Knicks are showing interest in potentially signing former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom before the NBA playoffs begin next week. ESPN.com reported Friday night that the Knicks are considering the veteran free agent at the urging of new team president Phil Jackson, who worked with Odom for five seasons while coaching the Lakers. The 34-year-old Odom returned to his native New York City recently after playing just two games with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in the Spanish ACB before a back injury ended his brief stay overseas.
The Scoop:There has been reported mutual interest since Apr.5 and he could receive a team option on the possible contract. Odom had a really tough year and getting back in the NBA will probably help him get back on track. Obviously, fantasy owners shouldn't look to add him.
The Scoop:Jackson is described as being on a "talent hunt" for players familiar with the triangle offense, and Metta World Peace is also on his radar. Odom is 34 years old and he could still mount a comeback despite a disastrous year, but he won't play this season. We'll have to wait until the summer to see how far Jackson can overhaul the Knicks' expensive roster.
Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom's foray into European basketball has been cut short due to a back injury, his Spanish club said Sunday. Laboral Kutxa Baskonia said Odom's personal doctors in New York have ruled him unfit to play for two months, meaning "his present contract with the club has finished". Odom joined the Spanish side last month on a two-month deal with an option to extend it for the remainder of the season. Odom played a total of just 23 minutes in two games for the Spanish side, scoring just two points.
Forward Lamar Odom's season in Spain was cut short by a back injury. Odom, who won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed a two-month contract with the Basque club in February. "Lamar Odom as an athlete, he is a little embarrassed," Odom said.