Report: Lamar Odom Interested in Joining the New York Knicks

by May 24, 2012

The Knicks are reportedly Lamar Odom’s first choice once he becomes a free agent this summer. Per ESPN: “The Mavs will attempt to trade Odom before June 29. Any team that has Odom on its roster by that date will be responsible for paying him the $2.4 million in guaranteed money he’s owed next year. If Dallas can’t get rid of Odom in a trade, it will likely waive him and be responsible for paying Odom his guaranteed money. That’s something Dallas would obviously rather avoid. If the Mavericks are forced to waive Odom, he would become a free agent. In that scenario, the Queens native would likely be looking at a significant pay cut from the $8.2 he was scheduled to make this season. Would he be interested in coming to New York at a discounted rate? A source with knowledge of Odom’s thinking says yes. The source says the Knicks would be ‘on the top of his list’ if Odom became a free agent. ‘Lamar is big on being comfortable,’ the source said. ‘And New York is somewhere he can be comfortable.’ […] ‘It definitely won’t be the fiasco that it was last year,’ the Odom source said of the 13-year veteran’s approach to 2012-13. ‘He wants to find a place where he can end his career, and New York is ideal. He’s won championships in the past and he wants to win another. And to do it there would be great.'”