NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lamar Odom, who helped the Lakers win two world titles, has signed with the Knicks, reuniting him with his former coach, Phil Jackson.
The Knicks said the deal with the 34-year-old power forward is for the rest of the season — all of one game. But the move was made with an eye on next season and reportedly includes a team option for 2014-15.
Jackson, the Knicks’ president, told the New York Daily News that Odom would start training at the team facility in Greenburgh immediately. He, however, was not expected to suit up in Wednesday’s finale against Toronto at Madison Square Garden.
Odom sat out this season after reportedly battling drug problems. The 6-foot-10, 14-year veteran has averaged 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds during his career in which he has played for the Lakers, Clippers, Heat and Mavericks.
Odom was a member of the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 world championship teams. In 2011, he was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.
He is also known for his appearances on the reality TV’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and a spinoff series about him and his wife, Khloe Kardashian. Kardashian has since filed for divorce.
The signing brings Odom, a Queens native, back to his hometown. Odom played at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.
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