After a promising stint with the Westchester Knicks, the New York Knicks have signed John Jenkins to a two-year deal.
The New York Knicks are using one of their open roster spots on John Jenkins. The team and Jenkins have agreed to a two-year non-guaranteed deal according to multiple reports.
Second season includes a trigger date for guarantee, sources said, as Knicks maintain flexibility. https://t.co/N4kBsi1w90
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2019
The Knicks signed John Jenkins with the veteran’s minimum exception, per league sources. He’s averaged 10.5 points per game on 50 percent shooting in two games for NYK. Jenkins’ initial agreement with NYK was reported by The Athletic. https://t.co/29QyODkOkb
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 20, 2019
Jenkins, 27, has impressed early with the Knicks organization. In two games with New York, the shooting guard is averaging 10.5 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. With the team’s G-League affiliate in Westchester, Jenkins was averaging 24.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting from three-point range.
The Knicks had a roster spot open and Jenkins has earned his chance after his impressive run in the G League. That being said, Jenkins doesn’t have much of a future in New York. He could be moved in the offseason due to his team-friendly contract.
Jenkins is known as a three-point specialist, but his three-point shooting has never been all that special. He has a three-point shooting percentage of 36.8 for his career. The journeyman guard has bounced around the NBA and the G League for much of his career. Jenkins even played in Spain for a brief stretch.
Knicks fans shouldn’t expect much from the 27-year-old. It’s unlikely that he becomes a diamond-in-the-rough find for general manager Scott Perry. The guard will have a chance to play on the talent-depleted Knicks and he may even be this season’s Trey Burke.
But it’s best to temper expectations with Jenkins. He deserves the opportunity the Knicks are giving him, but it’s unlikely that he’s in New York for the long haul.