HoopsHype Lamar Odom rumors

October 14, 2014 Updates
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The Knicks signed Odom on the final day of the regular season as Jackson’s first personnel move. According to a league source, Odom’s deal contains a nonguaranteed option for next season. It will be up to the Knicks to exercise the option. This gives the team an opportunity to work Odom out and determine his fitness before committing to him for the 2014-15 season. ESPN.com

It is unclear exactly when the Knicks would have to exercise the option, but the upcoming trial period is important for Odom, winner of the 2010-11 sixth man award. If Odom can show Jackson and the rest of the Knicks staff he’s in shape and ready to contribute, New York will have a versatile veteran on the end of its bench who has won two titles. If Odom fails to show he’s ready to play in the NBA again, the Knicks can simply release him or include him in a trade as a mechanism to help salaries match. ESPN.com

Lamar Odom is expected to join the Knicks at their practice facility by the end of the month, according to a source with knowledge of the veteran forward’s plans. Odom has been in Los Angeles working out and undergoing physical therapy to strengthen his back, the source said. Odom’s short stint playing in Spain earlier this season ended due to a back injury. Phil Jackson said earlier this month he expected Odom to be at the Knicks' facility at some point over the past week. It is unclear why Odom was instead in Los Angeles, but he should be working out at the practice facility by the last week in June. ESPN.com

May 31, 2014 Updates

Lamar Odom, Phil Jackson’s first player acquisition, will start his comeback at the Knicks’ training facility Monday. Jackson signed Odom on the final day of the regular season with a non-guaranteed pact for the upcoming season, giving the Knicks time to evaluate the troubled power forward from Queens. That evaluation has yet to start, but Jackson still is hopeful Odom can work out. He had plenty of success for Jackson with the Lakers, playing on two title teams, but that was before he became a reality TV star as husband of Khloe Kardashian. They are now divorced. Odom sat out all last season because of alleged drug issues. New York Post

April 20, 2014 Updates

Lamar Odom should get a therapist, stat ... so says ex-NBA star Kenny Anderson who tells TMZ Sports his shrink has been a life-saver ... and it could do the trick for Lamar, too. We spoke with Anderson -- who spent 14 seasons in the NBA -- and he told us he's rooting hard for Lamar's NBA comeback with the Knicks to be a success ... but says the guy is gonna need help. "I talk to a therapist once a week," Anderson says ... "Lamar should do that. His mind has to be right." "You need someone you can talk to who has no hidden agenda. Your mom, dad, brother, sister might not want to tell you the truth. My therapist doesn't care, she tells me how it is." TMZ.com

April 17, 2014 Updates
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Odom, the veteran forward and Queens native, was expected to sign a contract with the Knicks either Wednesday or Thursday and begin training at the Knicks practice facility in Greenburgh immediately. Jackson, who coached Odom with the Los Angeles Lakers, will oversee the workouts but will also want at least one or two members of the coaching staff working with Odom. New York Daily News

April 15, 2014 Updates

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he hasn’t been kept abreast of the Lamar Odom negotiations, but wishes they had signed the forward for this season. Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks before the season finale on a deal with a second, non-guaranteed year. Odom would not play this season, but would begin to work out under the auspices of the team during the offseason. New York Post

“His name came up, but nothing ever materialized,’’ Woodson said of Odom. “But his name did come up. “I like him,’’ Woodson added. “I like Lamar. I don’t know much about it, but from what I hear from [the media]. I think he’s a talent. He could’ve been good for us earlier. He does a lot of things on the floor that help you win basketball games, that’s for sure.’’ New York Post

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are progressing toward a deal to sign veteran free agent Lamar Odom before the NBA regular season ends Wednesday, according to sources briefed on the situation. 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. ESPN.com

Sources say this is viewed as a long-range play for the Knicks, who are banking on the notion that Jackson -- in his new role as New York's team president -- can provide the guidance to get Odom's career back on track. ESPN.com

April 12, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson met with former Laker Lamar Odom 10 days ago at the Garden during halftime of the game against the Nets, and now is reportedly considering signing Odom for the final couple of games with the team’s open roster spot. According to a source, one part of the thinking in making an Odom addition now would be as a salary-cap measure in adding a potential trade pawn this summer if they decide he’s not worth keeping next season. New York Post

The New York Knicks have expressed interest in signing veteran free agent Lamar Odom, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks, at the behest of new team president Phil Jackson, have been looking into the possibility of signing Odom since the 34-year-old's short stint playing in Spain ended and are weighing whether to go through with adding the Queens native to their roster before the regular season ends. ESPN.com

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