The New York Knicks may still have one game remaining in the current NBA season but Phil Jackson is already looking ahead to the next campaign.
As reported by ESPN, the new Knicks president is close to securing a deal to bring Lamar Odem to New York - with the two sides hoping to secure the deal before season's end that would include an un-guaranteed second year.
While the move would see Odem put on the roster immediately, Jackson is thinking more long term for the former Lakers lefty.
If the Knicks could sign the enigmatic veteran in the next couple of days it give the coaching staff the entire offseason, and playoff time, to assess Odem and decide whether he is worthy of a place on the roster next year.
Jackson knows the 34-year old free agent well from their time together in LA but Odem hasn't appeared in the NBA since turning out for the LA Clippers last season and has struggled with injury and inconsistency recently.
He most recently played for Laboral Kutxa in Spain and it is hoped that Jackson can provide the inspiration, and guidance, needed for Odem to rekindle his career stateside.
A two-time NBA champion, and 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Odem would clearly add some vital experience to the Knicks roster should he been deemed up to scratch.
And Jackson is giving the Knicks hierarchy as much time as possible to make that decision by bringing him in before the dust has settled on the current campaign.
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