Knicks waive Odom, re-sign Aldrich

The Knicks have waived forward Lamar Odom ending his comeback bid to the NBA even before training camp the team announced on Friday.

Odom, who was a key member of championship teams with Phil Jackson in Los Angeles, has struggled with substance abuse problems the past several years. He was waived because he was unable to meet certain standards the Knicks had set.


“Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player,” Jackson said according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger. 

With the open spot, the Knicks re-signed center Cole Aldrich, a 6-11 245-pound center who played in 46 games last season for the Knicks averaging 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Aldrich is with the Knicks’ Vegas Summer League entry. Terms of his deal were not disclosed.




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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Pau to the bulls..done deal. Pau needs to pass medical examine..then will return to Barcelona.

siknick
siknick

Knicks need a way to get rondo this off season, Calderon is another who can score but plays no d, get rondo Phil key to keeping melo he akready said he wants to play with him.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

We are still in the SECOND WEEK OF JULY...so...Melos plan is still on time. He had said he would break the news this week...so..today or tomorrow...easy people lol...I don't understand how people dismiss this...he said he would decide during this week LAST MONTH. SMH.

siknick
siknick

That bargnAni trade was really the dumbest trade ever .the knicks needed a point guard just to take on all that salary and give up picks not only he needed to be fired but also given a beaten. BargnAni really needs to be moved he is soft can't hit the three and plays no defense .

franktkb
franktkb

By the way, for all the talk we heard about guys taking less money, what have we seen, one guy take less. I can only think of Dirk.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

I really like what I saw from Early yesterday! Also thinnius is athletic and energetic then a mug! Larkin has potential, I would like to see him break down the defense more with his dribble penetration! THJR shoots way too much! Ok I know it's summer league but jeesh!

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Pau and Noah are going to be very difficult to out rebound...

rgm891
rgm891

Phil is starting to realize that trading for a star player to pair up with Melo unfortunately is going to be the way to go. Klove is most likely going to the Cavs. LA staying in Portland.  This is why getting as many assets as possible is the way to go. He's hesitant to give up our remaining draft picks which is definitely the smart move. No reason to force a deal that doesn't make sense for our team. He's going to have to get creative in order to make this team into an ultimate contender.   


We are all at the point where we don't know what Melo truly believes and wants.  There are no options left besides Houston.  Melo taking a paycut will show everyone here that he really wants to win and here.  That pretty proves that he's a team player.

rb3b3
rb3b3

can the Bulls sign both Melo and Gasol? is that remotely possible? if so how?

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Vince Carter gets 3 year deal with Grizzlies He will retire and go straight to social security.

buddhabing
buddhabing

I think there is a disconnect somewhere with Melo and Jackson. Something that Melo isn't comfortable with because the Bulls isn't a much better; if that option. Could it be Melo isn't comfortable with all the attention Phil gets? It was said he felt that way about Lin too. I could be totally off base but can't think of anything that would keep him from signing here. The pasturers out there aren't greener. 

rico
rico

Who says? Link? Who in LA is issuing official press releases at 5am?

It's likely Pau goes there, ditto Melo, but there is no "done deal"

Vee!
Vee!

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay You'd just substitute one compromise for another. It'd make things difficult for teams like the nets for a year or two as they got under the cap, but we'd still have Big Three's just getting paid WAY less.


The idea of a salary cap is a ridiculous notion, they can say whatever it is that they want but the MLB and Professional Soccer have it right. Is it getting out of control in both those sports? Yeah, a bit, but at least the teams recognize how much these guys are worth.

rico
rico

Knicks need to find a way to keep Melo.

zebeto
zebeto

@BiggieTKB  hopefully !..but i got a feeling only Monday morning it will be announced .

rico
rico

But Old knick says it's Monday. Could be Thursday, who knows?

Why does everybody keep publishing non-existent melo schedules.

Vee!
Vee!

@zdiddy4nyk If the NBA was like the MLB, I'd have bet my bottom freaking dollar the Knicks would be the Yankees and have gotten Melo, Lebron, and whoever else that was top tier and available in the last 4 years.


Dolan is an idiot, but one thing he isn't is stingy.


Hell, I WISH he would buy the freaking mets

rico
rico

Ziddy, Dolan prints money with or without Melo.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@Kenny Kaufman Early and Larkin need to breakdown the defense more. Thanasis showed he can be an offensive threat with dribble penetration; very smooth to the basket. However, he needs to hit the open jumpers. Nice first showing in game one.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

That offense yesterday was a very vanilla triangle but there were so many open opportunities for people.

bblessed
bblessed

I don't think it's because he's white... I think it's more market specific and level of player that contributes to how trades are perceived. No one criticized Bosh or Carter when they left Toronto. I'm sure if Lowry went to the heat, he wouldn't have been hated. I just don't see the race thing on this one...

rgm891
rgm891

@rb3b3  They need to gut pretty much their whole roster for it to happen in a sign and trade.

rico
rico

Didn't you say that last week?

rgm891
rgm891

@OLDKNICK  He would be stupid to give his decision tomorrow cause of the World Cup.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Phil had put him out the a few ti First about challenging Melo to keep his word about taking less and also about not returning his text messages.

I always said since he got traded here, there is no doubt about Melos basketball skills, it's when he matures that will make him what he can be. Phil may be the right person for him.

Melo did make the comment first about willing to take less. Phil reminded everyone of that fact. Frankly, the Knicks offered Melo the max anyway. Can't fault Melo for taking the best offer.

edb7777
edb7777

@buddhabing I think he might just not trust the master plan.  Its probably not as much about Phil's ego because if he wins a championship someone dumb will put him in a conversation with MJ and Kobe.  If there is a disconnect its probably because Phil sees Calderon as championship option at PG and Melo sees a guy at the end of his prime that plays no D.

siknick
siknick

The way keep melo is to get rondo

rico
rico

I hope it's at noon today, 9am la time. It would get the preoccupation out of my head. Im sure most posters here would agree, the sooner the better.

rico
rico

Melo would take less if he wants to improve his chances of winning. I wish the nba would ditch the cap, but these are the terms of the cba. Melo can't do it himself, (as we've seen).

To answer your question on why melo should take less, go study the Spurs and Heat. The answer is not a mistake.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Pleaee remember that pgs dont break down defenses in the triangle. Timmy and early were the only two o too try yesterday and that's how it works.

Winga do the breaking down, not the pg

rico
rico

Was more of a rectangle.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

True! The 1st day of the triangle by the youngins was more fluid then anything Woody ran in 2 1/2 years!

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

But then again, how can they pass when rose always wants the ball

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

First line is Phil has put him out there a few times.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Even though he has repeatedly said he likes the plan...

Vee!
Vee!

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay @zdiddy4nyk All of those teams have lucked into a Lebron James caliber player before their run. 


If the bucks managed to get Lebron, i'd give them a strong chance at winning the chip.


And also don't forget, single elimination versus series, a lot more variables when there's only one game

rico
rico

The cap idea is odd and seems weighed to protect the profits owners but as we can see so clearly, the players are running this sport now, not the owners.

rico
rico

And a ufo absconded your wife last night?

rico
rico

And he can't make a decision in Brasil? Sometimes it's so much easier to make decisions when you distance yourself from the eye of the storm.

I'm just amazed and fascinated posers obsession with time and predicting and announcing when melo will issue his choice.

So far EVERYONE who has done so is batting 000

Vee!
Vee!

@rico agreed. But sadly, if there isn't an obvious free agent to pair with why should he leave the money on the table?

Vee!
Vee!

@zdiddy4nyk @Vee! Exactly, but sadly the NBA isn't the MLB and there is a cap. And because there's a cap the idea of taking less than you're worth is one that is readily able to be debated. I don't like it, but every major dynasty since the 80s (when the cap started) has shown that in order to assemble a group of extraordinary players you HAVE to compromise on somene's salary. It's annoying but it is what it is.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@orlando_knickfan No, but if you have the opportunity in a one-on-one situation to drive, you take action. In Early's case, at least dribble the basketball.

rico
rico

Love has frustrated most Minne fans spending so much of his career injured and on losing teams. Love has not been a savior. My Minne friends ridicule him for being soft. I don't deny racism exists everywhere but think Cowherd is looking too hard for it and missing the obvious. Minne has been a perrenial loser. Minnesotans have their own particular way of showing unhappiness and it's not overt.

What i'm saying is that a. I don't think love gets a free pass and b. I think Cowherd is making a case for racism because he wants his theory to be true.

rico
rico

Then maybe they should pass on melo and build through the draft.

Vee!
Vee!

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay @Vee! @zdiddy4nyk Of course, but there's 22 starters in the NFL to the NBAs 5.


Look at Revis, arguably the best player in the league in 2009/2010


If this was the NBA the best player in the league could make even a sh!ttier team a playoff contender...and it did, the Cavs had no business in the ECF but Lebron himself put them there.


So they stay longer in the NFL, but you also need more pieces too

Vee!
Vee!

@zdiddy4nyk Lebron was being paid the same as Bosh and Wade, that right there is the compromise. He was clearly better than those two and yet he took the same so that he could win. Kobe and Shaq took near max, but the stars around them got sh!t. Even Jordan and Pippen, Pippen took a contract well beneath anything he could have gotten elsewhere so he could play and win 6 rings with his boy.


The problem is that the gulf between the small market teams and the big market teams in basketball are just too high. And basketball is a sport that really can truly be swayed by the addition of just one player, need proof? Just look at what Kidd did for NJ and what AI did for PHI. If they raised the cap, the teams we don't see in the finals and never expect to see in the finals (Mil, Minn, Memphis etc etc) would NEVER make it because they'd simply not have enough money to compete. And the NBA has to guard against parity and excitement.