Jack's rehabilitation is apparently going "very well," but it's uncertain if he'll be ready to play at the start of the regular season, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
After he was waived by the Nets shortly before his contract for 2016-17 became guaranteed, Jack, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL last January, was brought in by the Hawks to serve as a veteran mentor to the 23-year-old Dennis Schroder, who will assume a full-time starting role for the first time in his career. Jack has been a capable backup or fill-in starter for most of his 12-year career, but the fact that he's coming back from a major injury and is set to turn 33 before the season begins suggests the Hawks aren't counting on him to play major minutes. If Jack's recovery from the torn ACL stretches into the upcoming season, free-agent pickup Malcolm Delaney, who played in Russia in 2015-16, would likely open the year as Schroder's top backup.
Jack was waived by the Nets in late June after his season ended abruptly in January due to a torn ACL. He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 32 minutes per game. The veteran point guard will compete for time with Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway, and it seems unlikely he'll get the playing time that he got with the Nets. Jack is expected to be ready to go by the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
Jack (knee) was waived by the Nets on Thursday, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports.
By cutting the veteran point guard loose, the Nets will only have to pay $500,000 of the $6 million he was scheduled to make. The 32-year-old tore his right ACL in early January, ending his season after 32 games. Before the season-ending injury, he averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 32 minutes per game as the Nets' starting point guard. Jack could draw the attention of several teams looking to add a veteran presence off the bench but his questionable health status could deter teams from bringing him on until he is fully healed, which may not be until October.
As previously announced, Jack will miss the remainder of the season, and he'll conclude the year with averages of 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and a team-high 7.4 assists per game in 32 contests. Assuming all goes well with his recovery, Jack should be ready when the 2016-17 campaign opens in October, though it's possible he could be limited in training camp and the preseason. With Jack on the shelf, the
Jack's knee gave out on him during Saturday's game against the Celtics, and despite originally being called just a sprain, an MRI determined that the point guard had suffered ligament damage. The 32-year-old will now face a long road to recovery from the injury, and his absence for the rest of the season will further weaken what was already one of the league's worst rosters. Shane Larkin is expected to slide into the starting lineup and should be the main beneficiary for minutes at point guard, while Donald Sloan could also see some more extensive run off the bench. We'll have to wait and see for sure what coach Lionel Hollins plans to do following the unfortunate news regarding Jack's injury.
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