April 16, 2014 8:32 PM EDT

Lamar Odom is heading home to the east coast after signing with the New York Knicks, team owner Phil Jackson announced Wednesday.

Odom, a native of Queens, leaves the Los Angeles Lakers immediately to start practicing with the Knicks on Thursday, The New York Daily News reports.

Odom will finish the season with the New York team, though he’s unlikely to play in the one game the Knicks have left, their meeting with the Toronto Raptors Wednesday. As Sports Illustrated notes, Odom has had his share of challenges of late, including a recent back injury that forced him to back out of a deal with a team in the Spanish ACB League, pDUI charges and time spent in rehab. His wife Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce last December.

[NY Daily News]

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