Jarrett Jack is back in New York — just on the opposite side of the East River. The former Brooklyn Nets point guard agreed to a one-year deal with the rival Knicks on Thursday afternoon.
A source close to the player said the deal — which was first reported by Basketball Insiders — isn’t finalized yet but could be as early as Friday. It’s expected to be non-guaranteed, with Jack a low-risk addition largely for locker-room experience.
The Knicks drafted Frank Ntilikina as their point guard of the future with the eighth overall pick back in June but have been looking to provide some veteran leadership for the French teenager to learn from. After bringing in Ramon Sessions earlier this summer, now they’re adding the 33-year-old Jack.
Jack spent two seasons in Brooklyn, 2014-15 and 2015-16, tearing his right ACL and medial meniscus Jan. 2 of the latter campaign. Jack was averaging 12.8 points per game and a career-high 7.4 assists at the time of the injury, and the loss of their only viable floor leader crippled a Nets team that already was talent-starved.
After signing with Atlanta last summer, he got waived in camp, still clearly not recovered. And even after joining the New Orleans Pelicans after last season’s All-Star break, he logged just two games before suffering a right lateral meniscus tear.