The New York Knicks are in a situation this offseason where they have a team that is full of veterans who have a win now mentality.
Adding another veteran to this team may have a negative impact on the development of some of the younger players.
Lamar Odom was not a huge part of the Los Angeles Clippers last season, just one year after a disaster of a drama filled season with the Dallas Mavericks. It showed midway through the season when he went into a shooting slump, which is expected by players who are on the brink of retiring.
Odom, 33, shot 39 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc for averages of 4.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 1.7 apg in 20 minutes per game so it is less than impressive.
He also brings the off the court distractions, which the Knicks don’t need.
With all the controversy J.R. Smith has brought to the Big Apple since he left China has caused uproars in the press and having two players like that, I’m pretty sure would cause Mike Woodson would quit.
The other problem with Odom is that he probably wouldn’t compromise to take a veterans minimum rather he would want the Knicks mini midlevel exception, which is something that the Knicks would be better off using on another player who can contribute more.
The Knicks would be better off looking at more reserved, and younger players that can come in straight away and contribute without a whole lot of buzz surrounding one individual player.
Even though there is a need for frontcourt help, the Knicks should stay away from Lamar Odom this offseason.