Per Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy,
The report comes from a rather odd source in Van Gundy -- Jennings' former coach in Detroit -- who told reporters that he spoke to Jennings' agent Monday morning, and the agent informed him of his client's decision to join the Hornets. Jennings has endured an up-and-down season with the Knicks, appearing in 58 games, including 11 starts, and averaging 8.6 points, 4.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. The 27-year-old is shooting just 38.0 percent from the field, while knocking down 34.0 percent of his three-point attempts. Despite the inefficient shooting numbers, Jennings would still be a valuable addition for the slumping Hornets, who will likely be without Ramon Sessions (knee) for a few more weeks.
Jennings reportedly informed the Knicks that he preferred to play with a contender rather than a rebuilding club at this stage of his career, and with the veteran on an expiring contract, the team decided to waive him and let him pursue other opportunities. Assuming he clears waivers, Jennings could have a number of teams interested in his services for added depth at point guard, though it's unlikely he'd see a more sizable role than he enjoyed with the Knicks. Over 58 appearances, Jennings averaged 8.6 points, 4.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 three-pointers in 24.6 minutes per game while shooting 38 percent from the field. In order to fill Jennings' spot on the 15-man roster, the Knicks signed Chasson Randle to a partially-guaranteed deal.
Jennings is dealing with a sore left Achilles and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.
This is the first we've heard of the injury for Jennings, but with it being listed as soreness, it doesn't sound like anything too serious. The Knicks are likely just playing it cautious with Jennings, who will now get about a week off during the All-Star break to get back to full strength. With Jennings out, Ron Baker and Justin Holiday could pick up some extra minutes in the backcourt behind Derrick Rose at point guard.
Jennings will head to the bench for Sunday's tilt with the Spurs, Steve Popper of the USA Today reports.
Jennings got the spot start in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, contributing six points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 13 assists, two rebounds, and one steal across 39 minutes. Courtney Lee will slide back over to shooting guard with Willy Hernangomez getting the start at center, leaving Jennings to return to his role off the bench.
Jennings accumulated six points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 13 assists, two rebounds, and one steal across 39 minutes during Friday's 131-123 loss to the Nuggets.
Jennings got a spot start at shooting guard Friday as Kyle O'Quinn got bumped from the starting five and Kristaps Porzingis was shifted to center. While Jennings' only made field goals were two three-pointers, he continues to establish himself as a willing distributor for the Knicks, handing out a season-high 13 dimes in a fast-paced matchup against the Nuggets. He's now logged eight games this season with double-digit assists, three of which were double-doubles. Jennings normally has his best games when Derrick Rose is absent, but with the Knicks 11 games under .500, coach Jeff Hornacek seems willing to shake things up in the rotation. The Knicks' next contest comes Sunday against the Spurs, and it's worth keeping an eye open to see if Jennings is featured in the starting lineup once more with Rose healthy.
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