Knicks bring in Jarrett Jack for veteran presence

Jarrett Jack, a 33-year-old point guard, saw his NBA playing career come to a halt in New York. He’s returning to New York, this time with the other team.

Jack is nearing a deal with the New York Knicks, where he will serve as a veteran presence and help mentor young point guard Frank Ntilikina. According to Basketball Insiders, the deal is a non-guaranteed, one-year contract.

Jack last played meaningful NBA basketball as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. In the 2015-16 season, he suffered a torn right ACL while chasing down a member of the Boston Celtics, and he has yet to fully recover.

The Atlanta Hawks brought the point guard in prior to last offseason, but he had not fully healed and could not take part in training camp. The Hawks waived him before the start of the season. In February, Jack signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, only to tear the meniscus in his right knee after two brief appearances.

Jack is well traveled, having played for eight teams in his 13 seasons in the league. The deal brings the Knicks to 20 players heading into training camp.

Providing Jack can make the team, he will add depth alongside veteran guard Ramon Sessions. Both players will allow the Knicks and head coach Jeff Hornacek to bring Ntilikina along slowly. Ron Baker–who will make the team after re-signing in the offseason–and Chasson Randle are the other guards competing for time.

Ntilikina, the point guard out of France, just recently turned 19 years old. The Knicks arrived in free agency with no other true point guards on the roster, but they have since added Sessions and Jack to handle some of those duties.