New York Knicks: Jerome Jordan

Jerome Jordan to Knicks: 'I'm ready to play'

June, 16, 2013
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Former Knick Jerome Jordan will be playing on the team's summer league squad in 2013, but he also envisions a key role with the organization entering next season.

And he has a confident message for them.

"I'm ready to play," Jordan told ESPNNewYork.com. "It was a tough year with the team [in 2011-12]. There was a lot of pressure. I'm just trying to be physically and mentally ready to play on both ends of the floor. Defensively, block shots and rebound, and then on the offensive end, just try to be comfortable out there."

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesJerome Jordan averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds in the D-League this past season.
In 2011-12, the 26-year-old appeared in 21 games with the Knicks, averaging two points in about five minutes of action. He was then traded, 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-join the team that traded them for one year or until the end date of their contract.

Now, the Knicks want to take another look at Jordan after he was one of the top big men in the D-League this past season. Playing for the Reno Bighorns and Los Angeles D-Fenders, Jordan averaged 13 points (on 59.2 percent shooting), 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. The 7-0, 253-pound Jordan, who has a knock-down pick-and-pop jump shot and covers the court well defensively with his athleticism, improved in a few areas offensively. He fine-tuned his hook shots, drop-step moves and an occasional turnaround jumper, an offensive package the Knicks could use in the low post.

"Jerome Jordan is a pretty good basketball player," a veteran NBA scout said. "He's very mobile and agile."

Jordan said he was actually "so close" to signing with the Grizzlies last fall, which encouraged him to stay stateside for an NBA opportunity instead of going overseas. He had good contract offers in Spain, Turkey and the Philippines, but took less money to play in the D-League. Jordan thought it was a positive move.

"I think it helped," he said. "It was a different experience just to go down there and play a lot of minutes. A lot of guys come down there and sacrifice something. They could've gone overseas and probably do better financially, but you've just got to work hard and trust that it will all pay off. I think it will pay off."

Jordan's agent, Todd Ramasar, believes his client will start next season on an NBA roster. Ramasar feels Jordan just needs playing time to grow into his potential.

"You can work as a player doing individual workouts all day, but if you can't apply them through a game setting, you won't have very much growth," Ramasar said. "Bigs take longer to develop and need game-time reps."

These days, Jordan is spending his fourth straight summer in the Los Angeles area, working out for the first time at the popular 360 Health Club in Reseda, Calif. His trainer is Byron Scott's son, Thomas, who is based out of New York.

The Knicks aren't the only team interested in Jordan, who would likely come cheap for a one-year deal. Next week, he's taking part in a free-agent minicamp with the Spurs, followed by the Pacers and Mavericks. The Pacers, in fact, will suit up Jordan for their summer league team in Orlando.

The Knicks might need to snatch Jordan up, so he's not also contributing to the board games the Pacers won against the Knicks in this year's playoffs.

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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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D'Antoni: Chandler's wrist pain lingers

March, 4, 2012
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According to Mike D'Antoni, Tyson Chandler's left wrist hasn't improved much over the past three practice days.

"I think it's something that he's going to have to live with for a month, two months. Hopefully it will get better," D'Antoni said. "... He's just going to have to fight through it."

Chandler originally hurt his wrist against Dallas on Feb. 19 when he used his hands to brace a hard fall to the floor. Including Sunday's game against Boston, he has played six games since. On Sunday, he was wearing a black protective glove on his left hand, apparently to protect the injury.

JORDAN SHOULD BE BACK NEXT WEEKEND: D'Antoni said center Jerome Jordan will spend the week in the D-League with the Erie Bayhawks. With the Knicks on the road all week, this gives Jordan an opportunity to develop rather than sit on the bench. Jordan is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday when they return to New York. The Knicks play Philadelphia at home next Sunday.

Jerome Jordan to the D-League

March, 2, 2012
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The Knicks assigned center Jerome Jordan to their D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks, on Friday.

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The move will allow Jordan to develop and play consistent minutes. Jordan had not played much for the Knicks (18-18), getting just 19 minutes in February.

The Knicks' roster remains at 15. They will need to have just one player inactive now. Bill Walker, missed practice on Friday with a sore left elbow, is likely to be inactive on Sunday against Boston.

The Knicks acquired Jordan in a 2010 draft-night trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for $500,000. The Bucks had drafted Jordan with the 44th pick.

Jordan, 25, spent parts of each of the last two seasons playing overseas for KK Hemofarm in Serbia before the Knicks brought him over during training camp.

He averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 13 games for the Knicks.

The last time he went to the D-League, in January, it was with Jeremy Lin.

Knicks assign Lin, Jordan to D-League

January, 17, 2012
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The Knicks have sent point guard Jeremy Lin and center Jerome Jordan to their D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks.

The team announced the move on Tuesday evening.

Lin and Jordan both played sparingly in the first 13 games of the season. Sending them to the BayHawks will give them a chance to develop rather than languish on an NBA bench.

Lin was signed as a free agent for the veteran's minimum when Iman Shumpert went down with an injury earlier this season.

The former Harvard standout scored nine points and recorded two assists and two rebounds over 16 minutes in five games with New York. He played 20 games (10 starts) for Reno of the D-League last season, averaging 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists over 31.7 minutes.

Lin is the NBA's first Asian-American player since 1947.

The Knicks acquired Jordan in a 2010 draft-night trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for $500,000. The Bucks had drafted Jordan with the 44th pick.

Jordan, 25, spent parts of each of the last two seasons playing overseas for KK Hemofarm in Serbia before the Knicks brought him over during training camp.

The 7-0 center recorded eight points and eight rebounds over 29 minutes in six games this season for the Knicks.

The Knicks' roster remains at 15 players.

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Knicks finally sign Jerome Jordan

December, 15, 2011
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The Knicks have signed 7-foot center Jerome Jordan, the team announced.

Jordan took part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage during training camp on Thursday.

"I think I'm up to speed mostly," he said. "I've been in there with coaches trying to get the offense down and the defense down."

Jordan had been in camp since Sunday. He could not participate in practice because he was waiting on his work visa. Jordan is originally from Jamaica.

"Once everything cleared up, I was ready to go," Jordan said after practice Thursday.

The Knicks acquired Jordan in a 2010 draft-night trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for $500,000. The Bucks had drafted Jordan with the 44th pick.

Jordan, 25, spent parts of each of the last two seasons playing overseas for KK Hemofarm in Serbia after four seasons at the University of Tulsa.

"He’s very excited to start his career in the NBA and to be with a team like the Knicks," Jordan's agent, Todd Ramasar, said last week. "He understands it's a business and there's a certain expectation with the Knicks, and that's to win a championship."

Unlike most NBA players coming off of the five-month lockout, Jordan will hit the floor in game shape. It will be interesting to see where he fits in at center with veteran Jared Jeffries slated to come off the bench to spell Tyson Chandler.

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Jerome Jordan in camp on Sunday?

December, 11, 2011
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Seven-foot center Jerome Jordan is expected to be in Knicks camp on Sunday.

Jordan has not signed a contract with the team.

There are a few logistical issues to settle before a deal is completed, according to agent Todd Ramasar.

"Jerome is going to be with the Knicks this season," Ramasar told ESPNNewYork.com in a phone interview on Saturday.

The Knicks have worked out a buyout with Jordan's European club, Krka of the Slovenian league.

Jordan was on a flight to New York on Saturday night and is expected to be at the Knicks' facility in Greenburgh on Sunday morning.

Before he can practice with the Knicks, Jordan needs to sign a letter of clearance with his European club.

The Jamaican native also needs to acquire a working visa (though he may be able to practice without one) and finalize the details of his Knicks contract.

"He’s very excited to start his career in the NBA and to be with a team like the Knicks," Ramasar said. "He understands it's business and there's a certain expectation with the Knicks, and that's to win a championship."

The Knicks acquired the 7-foot center in a 2010 draft night trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for $500,000. The Bucks had drafted Jordan with the 44th pick.

After the draft, Jordan decided to play overseas to improve his game, signing with the Serbian club KK Hemofarm for the 2010–11 season.

The former Tulsa standout averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15 minutes for KK Hemofarm.

Due to the lockout, he chose to return to Europe again this season. Jordan is averaging 12 points and five rebounds in just 22 minutes per game for Slovenian squad Krka. He has bounced back well from a bout of appendicitis, which he suffered through last spring.

"He's ready to come in and contribute right away," Ramasar said.

Unlike most NBA players coming off of the five-month lockout, Jordan will hit the floor in game shape. It will be interesting to see where he fits in at center with veteran Jared Jeffries slated to come off the bench to spell Tyson Chandler.

Proposed terms of the deal were not immediately available, but the Knicks are believed to have the "under-the-cap" exception available.

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