The list of teams that have had Jarrett Jack on their roster at some point is a long one. He has called eight different teams home, and he has now tacked on a ninth. On Thursday, Jack signed a one-year deal with the New York Knicks.
New York Knicks and free agent point guard Jarrett Jack have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, league sources told @BBallInsiders.
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As a result, he will likely play second fiddle to rookie Frank Ntilikina, bringing veteran leadership to the second unit. General Manager Scott Perry did say that the Knicks were looking to add veterans to play alongside Ntilikina, the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft.
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As well as adding Jack, the team also added point guard Ramon Sessions to a deal within the same offseason. How the three will play together remains to be seen.
Jack has struggled over the past few years. He signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans last year, but tore his meniscus after only two games, and was out for the season. The year before, playing for the Brooklyn Nets, he had an ACL injury early on in the campaign and did not return.
Jack has never been a star player, averaging only 11 points per game, a steady four assists a game, and about three rebounds a game over his career. He is the epitome of not great, but not bad.
At this point in his career, he is simply a locker room presence player, who might be able to add a little bit here and there on the court.
At the age of 33, he’s well past his prime and is not getting any younger. Especially with the lingering injuries he has had his entire career, it is unlikely he finds much more staying-power in the league.
With all of this being said, the Knicks signed Jack to be a one-year rental in order to provide leadership to their younger core – more specifically Frank Ntilikina.
He has the ability to be a steady scorer, but do not expect him to average any more than eight points per game. The Knicks’ youth development is exponential, and the signing of Jarrett Jack will only speed up this process of potential success.