Could a Lamar Odom and Phil Jackson reunion be on the cards? It appears to be a definite possibility.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Knicks “have expressed interest” in signing Odom, who is currently a free agent.
Marc Berman from the New York Post first reported last week that Odom and Jackson had been in recent contact.
The versatile forward signed a contract with a Spanish team earlier this year, though his season was cut short due to a back injury. It seems Odom is now able to play, though, and the 34-year-old would be eligible for postseason action if he signs on the dotted line before Wednesday’s regular-season finale.
According to Stein, the Knicks are mulling whether to offer Odom a contract which would include a team option for next season, too, and would therefore allow the franchise to assess Odom’s progress over the summer.
Of course, Odom had his best years under Phil Jackson with the Lakers where he was a key contributor on back-to-back title teams in 2009 and 2010 and was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
Odom is a native of New York, and being back home while playing under the watchful eye of the Zen Master could really help the troubled forward get his career back on track.