“Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player,” Knicks president Phil Jackson said in a statement on July 11. “We found it necessary to free up the roster spot.”
Sources tell Us Weekly that Odom’s athletic career has taken a downturn in recent years, and he doesn’t appear to be rededicating himself to the sport after Kardashian filed for divorce in December 2013.
“There was a lot of hope there when he had his first initial talks with Phil [Jackson],” an insider tells Us. “He gave him a real shot. He kind of threw this one away. He wasn't in it. He's not doing great. Admittedly, he's had a couple rough hands dealt with the family and the Khloe situation being pretty frequently thrown in his face.”
Another source said Odom might have reverted back to old habits.
"Everyone was hoping that what went down with Khloe would see him rededicate himself to training and getting in shape for the season but he seems to only be half in it,” the insider noted.
Kardashian was first spotted out with rapper French Montana in April, and the “Cocaine Mafia” emcee gifted her a new Jeep and $30,000 worth of jewelry for her 30th birthday in June.
“Khloe’s smitten,” an insider tells Us in the new issue, “and her goal is to get pregnant—soon!”