After nearly a week of speculation, Lamar Odom has finally signed with the New York Knicks. On the night of the Knicks' last game of the 2013-14 season, it was announced that the team had inked a two-year deal with the 34-year-old forward. Phil Jackson will reportedly oversee Odom's workouts when they take place at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh. These workouts will be important for L.O.'s future because, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, this one game tonight against the Toronto Raptors counts as the first year and next season will be considered the "second year" of the contract. And that second year is non guaranteed, which means the Knicks can decide whether or not Odom is deserving of a roster spot when the season rolls around.
During these trying times, if there is one person who can possibly bring the best out of Odom, it's Jackson. And if The Zen Master can get him anywhere close to his 2011 Sixth Man of the Year form, the Knicks may have themselves a steal of a player. If not, that non guaranteed aspect of the contract will save them a whole lot of grief. Either way, it's kind of a win-win for New York.
[via Howard Beck]