NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Knicks are close to signing veteran forward Lamar Odom, according to ESPN.com.
The website reports that the organization’s goal is for a deal to be completed before the NBA regular season concludes on Wednesday.
According to ESPN.com, the plan is for the 34-year-old to join the roster immediately. His contract would include an unguaranteed second year.
Even if he’s on the roster for the final game of the season against the Raptors at Madison Square Garden, Odom wouldn’t be healthy enough to suit up, the website reported.
The fourth-overall pick of the Clippers in 1999, Odom played under Knicks President Phil Jackson from 2004-2011. The pair won championships together in 2009 and 2010.
The Queens native didn’t play in the NBA this season. In February, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man signed with Laboral Kutxa of the Spanish ACB League. Because of a back injury he played in just two games in Spain.
In 2012-13, Odom played in all 82 games for the Clippers, but started just two of them. He averaged 4.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game.
He was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
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