In his first move as president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson signed one of his former Los Angeles Lakers players.
Lamar Odom signed a contract for the rest of this season — which consists of one game — with an option for next season. For that one game, he’ll earn $8,500. The Knicks announced the deal just before tip-off of their regular-season finale against the Toronto Raptors. There’s a reason for signing Odom now, for one measly game. That gave the team the ability to add a non-guaranteed option for next season. With Odom, who has battled alcohol and drug issues that have imperiled his high-profile marriage to Khloe Kardashian, under contract, the team can get him focused on training over the summer, then see whether he’s capable of helping them next fall.
Odom, according to the New York Daily News, will begin training immediately under Jackson’s supervision at the Knicks’ practice facility in Greenburgh, with at least one or two other members of the coaching staff working with him as well.
Odom, 34, played briefly in Spain recently, but his time there was ended by a back injury. A Queens native, he played for Jackson six seasons with the Lakers, winning two championships with the team. He won the Sixth Man Award in the 2010-11 season.
The Knicks’ announcement:
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).