Jerome Jordan in camp on Sunday?
December, 11, 2011
By Ian Begley
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.