The New York Knicks have reportedly expressed interest in signing forward Lamar Odom for the remainder of the 2013-14 regular season. According to the ESPN.com report, signing the 34-year-old forward, who was recently released by Spanish club Laboral Kutxa after just two games, would allow the Knicks to use the summer to get him ready for next season:

The New York Knicks have expressed interest in signing veteran free agent Lamar Odom, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks, at the behest of new team president Phil Jackson, have been looking into the possibility of signing Odom since the 34-year-old’s short stint playing in Spain ended and are weighing whether to go through with adding the Queens native to their roster before the regular season ends.

Among the options the Knicks are considering, sources said, is signing Odom before Wednesday’s regular-season finale to a contract that includes a team option for next season.

Doing so would enable the Knicks to work with Odom throughout the offseason before deciding if he’s ready to play — physically and mentally — in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.