The Knicks are expected to sign free agent Lamar Odom by the end of Wednesday (Begley, Apil 16).
The reason for signing Odom with just one game remaining, via Sports Illustrated:
The Knicks’ real motivation: A non-guaranteed second season through which New York would have the option to retain Odom for the 2014-15 campaign. By signing him now the Knicks would effectively sidestep all of the league’s rules regarding offseason contact between teams and free agents as they would relate to Odom. He would be a Knick for all intents and purposes, which in this case would give Jackson and team officials the very important means to gauge Odom’s injury and frame of mind in the months to come.
Odom did not play in the NBA at all this season. He signed a two-month contract with a team in Spain, but returned after just one month due to a back injury. He only appeared in two games for the Spanish team.