Although the NBA season is nearing an end — just a couple of games to go — the New York Knicks are closing in on a deal with former Los Angeles Lakers star, Lamar Odom. The former NBA champ and 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year is in talks with the Knicks that would take him from Spain — where he has been playing — and place him back in the NBA.
Why does this deal make sense and why is it happening now?
President of basketball operations for the Knicks, Phil Jackson, once coached the veteran forward, even claiming that the sixth man was one of his favorite players to ever coach. This deal is happening now, at the end of the 2013-14 season, because the Knicks want to get him in physical and mental shape before the start of next season.
The team has been rumored to have interest in the veteran and could even sign him for the final game of the regular season on Wednesday.
Report: Knicks close to signing Lamar Odom for remainder of season (and maybe next) http://t.co/2VWUWiGxv3
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) April 15, 2014
This shouldn’t come as any surprise as Jackson is trying to make moves to make the Knicks serious contenders, although Odom is 34 and has had an ongoing drug problem.
If there was any team or one person that could get through to Odom, it’s Phil Jackson with the Knicks. Before adding Jackson, this would look like one of the dumbest moves of the season, but just because Phil is a genius, this somehow makes sense. Maybe Jackson can even convince Carmelo Anthony to stick around, too.
Let’s hope, for the sake of Lamar and the Knicks, that Odom can turn his life around in New York.
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