New president of basketball operations Phil Jackson is putting a new face on the underwhelming New York Knicks, and he may be turning to some familiar faces in the process.
According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, "For a second time, Phil Jackson met with a former Laker at halftime during a game as Knicks president. This time, it was a sit-down with Lamar Odom during Wednesday’s Knicks-Nets game."
This has been a lost season for the former Sixth Man of the Year.
Back in December, the 34-year-old "cut a deal in his DUI case—agreeing to plead 'no contest' to the crime and in exchange he'll be on probation for the next 3 years," according to TMZ. Basketball hasn't been in Odom's plans since, but one must wonder if his conversation with Jackson is a sign that something has changed.
The break has seemingly served Odom well. He's reportedly been working to reconnect with his two children and dissuade them from a life of drug abuse, per Lauren Cox of HollywoodLife.com.
A return to the game could also serve him well. Though Andrea Bargnani's injury would ostensibly create a need for Odom's services, Rotoworld suggests that Odom "could still mount a comeback despite a disastrous year, but he won't play this season."
New York will certainly be in the market for inexpensive, veteran depth. The organization won't have any cap space until 2015, so Jackson will have to pursue some creative solutions to fill out the roster. A veteran's minimum contract for Odom wouldn't be out of the question.
How much Odom has left in the tank is a different matter altogether. He averaged just 4.0 points and 4.4 rebounds during the 2012-13 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers, playing less than 20 minutes per game.