The Knicks are planning to use Jennings roster spot to sign free agent guard Chasson Randle, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 27, 2017
Jennings had fallen in the estimation of the Knicks’ front office due to his mindset amidst tough spells for the franchise this season, and this subsequently resulted in his departure, Wojnarowski reported.
As the 7-year veteran was waived prior to March 1st, he is still eligible to be signed and added to a playoff roster if he clears waivers.
An ever-present member of the side, Jennings has had a moderately quiet year as the Knicks look likely to miss out on a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive time. Jennings averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting the ball at a 38% clip from the field over 58 games.
Thank you to all the Knicks fans for the love all year long, and thanks to my teammates and the organization.
— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) February 27, 2017
Jennings was picked up in the past off-season by New York after an underwhelming year with the Orlando Magic.
This news comes shortly after the trade deadline, where New York was openly shopping their point guards. Despite talks, the Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves could not agree on a swap deal between Derrick Rose and guard Ricky Rubio.
Jennings would be a good, short-term rental for a playoff contending team lacking substantial guard depth, while he has undoubtedly declined over the past few years, he may arise as a useful asset.
The Knicks are now opting for guard Chasson Randle, 24, to lead their second unit forward for the foreseeable future.
The undrafted Stanford product started the season with the Knicks D-League associate team in Westchester, before the Philadelphia 76ers snapped him up to a 10-day contract. His performances were enough to earn him a contract through the 2017-18 season in January, but he was cut on February 23rd when roster space needed to be freed up as a result of the Nerlens Noel trade.
— NYK Insider (@NykInsider) February 27, 2017
Randle averaged averaged 5.3 points a game in 9.3 minutes for the Sixers in eight games this season.