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Knicks Waive Lamar Odom

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    New York Knicks waive Lamar Odom and re-sign Cole Aldrich - ESPN New York

    Sadly Odom's career is now officially over. It was over as soon as the Lakers traded him.

    The New York Knicks have waived veteran Lamar Odom.

    Team president Phil Jackson decided to release Odom, citing a lack of professionalism, the Knicks announced.

    "Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player," Jackson said in a statement. "We found it necessary to free up the roster spot."

    Odom's release is the latest setback in the 6-foot-10 forward's career. The Knicks signed Odom on April 16 -- the final day of the regular season -- to a two-year contract, with the second year nonguaranteed.

    This gave the Knicks the opportunity to monitor Odom over the summer and decide whether he deserved a roster spot. Clearly, Jackson wasn't satisfied with Odom's approach during the trial period.

    Odom's last stint in the NBA was in 2012-13 with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Clippers and Lakers had expressed interest in signing Odom at various points of the 2013-14 season after a tumultuous summer off the floor that included his eventual divorce from reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.

    During the 2013 offseason, Odom was arrested on a DUI charge and reportedly dealt with substance-abuse issues.