*Lamar Odom has reportedly given up all hope of a reconciliation with Khloe Kardashian and is finally ready to submit a response to her divorce petition.
Khloé filed court documents to legally dissolve their four-year marriage in December, following months of infidelity and drug abuse rumors.
A source told Radar Online: ”Lamar finally gets it, his marriage to Khloé is over.”
The 34-year-old athlete is expected to formally submit a response to the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star’s divorce petition in the next few weeks, after hearing she “adores” her new man, French Montana.
The source said: ”There was a time when Lamar said he would never give up on getting back together with Khloé, but he recognizes she has obviously moved on. He will tell his attorney to submit a response to Khloé’s divorce petition. It isn’t expected to be a long drawn out divorce, since there is an iron clad prenup in place.”
Lamar is said to be very upset that the 29-year-old has moved on with the “Pop That” rapper, despite rumors he is spending time with his ex-girlfriend, Liza Morales, with whom he has children, Destiny, 15, and 11-year-old Lamar Jr. But the source insisted: “It’s family time only and there is no romance involved between Lamar and Liza. Liza is extremely supportive of Lamar’s continued sobriety.”
Odom signed with the New York Knicks in time to play in their last game of the season Wednesday night. He joined under the reign of his former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who is now the Knicks team president.
The Knicks signed Odom prior to the regular-season finale against Toronto to a two-year deal. A source told ESPNNewYork.com that the deal was guaranteed for the remainder of the season, which concluded last night (April 17), and contains a non-guaranteed option for next season.
So that means it is a low-risk move despite the baggage Odom may bring with him. If the Knicks don’t want him, he won’t be owed any money next season.
Odom hadn’t played in the NBA since the 2012-’13 season when he averaged just 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Clippers. Prior to that, Odom spent a tumultuous 50 games with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-’12.
Odom’s last good season was with the Lakers in 2010-’11 when he averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds. That was the last season Jackson coached the Lakers. Jackson and Odom were together from 2005 to 2011.
By bringing in Odom, Jackson is hoping he can get the versatile 6-foot-10 forward back on track both mentally and physically. Odom spent a short stint this season in Spain before suffering a back injury.
If Odom, who turns 35 in November, has anything left and can get his body and mind right, Jackson will have found a veteran with championship experience and a versatile big man who might be able to give the Knicks a few quality minutes. But, most important, Odom can help teach the nuances of the triangle offense to the Knicks, who likely will have a new coach with a new triangle system in place this summer.
If the Odom experiment doesn’t work, the Knicks don’t lose much financially. They have the next few months to get him back in shape while the Zen Master gets him back in the right state of mind as well.
Considering the Knicks likely will not be able to clear significant cap space until after next season, Jackson will try to improve the roster as much as he can with moves like this one.
So Odom is probably the first of many more triangle guys to come.
Jackson has made just one roster move so far. But it’s a low-risk move and the first step toward putting his finger prints on the Knicks.