Ex-Knick Jordan to rejoin team for summer

May, 29, 2013
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Former Knicks center Jerome Jordan will play on their summer league team in Las Vegas this July, his agent, Todd Ramasar, confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com.

Jordan will also play on the Pacers' summer league team in Orlando.

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The 26-year-old appeared in 21 games with the Knicks in 2011-12, averaging two points and 1.3 rebounds in about five minutes of action. He was then traded on July 11, 2012, along with Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson and a second-round pick in 2014 and 2015, for Marcus Camby.

Because of the deal, Jordan couldn't re-sign with the Knicks until this July. Under CBA rules, players who are traded and subsequently waived can't re-sign with the team that traded them for one year or until the end date of their contract.

The Knicks' M.O. this offseason is to add frontcourt depth. Mike Woodson would prefer to add a seasoned big man -- "There's too much pressure to win now, and Woody wants to win now and play vets," one agent said -- but he and the front office might be inclined to add a younger big. They dealt with many injuries to their older frontcourt this past season.

"That's fine to have a veteran big, but you have to groom a younger one," Ramasar said. "Bigs take longer to develop and need game-time reps."

For the past year, Jordan played for the Reno Bighorns and Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League, averaging 13 points (on 59.2 percent shooting), 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. Now, he's playing for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters professional club team in the Philippines.

In addition to Jordan, Henry Sims, who played for the Knicks in last year's preseason, could be the other standout center on the summer league team. Sims, who has received a team invite but hasn't made a decision yet, also played in the D-League this past year and performed well. He averaged 16.4 points (on 50 percent shooting), 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Now, he's in the Philippines, like Jordan, playing for the Petron Blaze Boosters.

Sims will also be participating in several free-agent mini-camps hosted by select NBA teams, including the Bucks, Cavaliers, Jazz, Pacers, Raptors, Spurs and Warriors. The camps are organized to look at players who are returning from the D-League and overseas.

LARKIN UPDATE: The Knicks are interested in point guard Shane Larkin with their 24th pick in the June 27 draft, but they likely won't get to meet the University of Miami point guard beforehand. That's because Larkin is slated to get selected higher than No. 24.

"We are not working out for [the Knicks] at this time," his agent, Happy Walters, said. "He will not work out for anyone past No. 19 as of now."

Signing a younger, explosive point guard is also on the Knicks' summer to-do list. In the draft, they also like Dennis Schroeder (Germany) and Pierre Jackson (Baylor). A sleeper pick is Nate Wolters (South Dakota State). In free agency, Aaron Brooks (team option), Will Bynum, A.J. Price, Nate Robinson and Sebastian Telfair might be attractive, affordable options.

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