Odom set for reunion with Jackson after spell in Spain in recent months.
Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom is on the verge of completing a move to the New York Knicks, according to sources close to the situation.
As per ESPN sources, the Knicks are understood to be set to formally sign Odom this week in a move that would put him on their roster immediately and include a team option for next season.
The 34-year-old has endured a tumultuously last 12 months after suffering both on and off the court, and recently ended his spell in Spain after just two games due to a back injury.
Odom is not believed to be healthy enough to feature in the Knicks’ last regular season game on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors, but he will undoubtedly see this as a great opportunity moving forward provided he can prove himself.
The deal would give the Knicks two months before free agency begins on July 1 to integrate the veteran into their program and start working with him in order to assess his contribution.
The organisation will undoubtedly be keen to evaluate whether or not Odom is ready both physically and mentally to become a longer-term part of the roster, with Jackson confident that he can get the best out of him still.
Having been appointed the Knicks team president, Jackson has previously conceded that he will need to be creative in trying to upgrade the team’s roster, as they will likely be restricted in terms of salary cap flexibility with the contracts currently locked down for next season.