Will Jerome Jordan Step Up Before Time Runs Out?


Though the Knicks signed Metta World Peace to a two-year contract on Monday, there are still plenty of roster spots to be had, let alone training camp invitations at that.

The likes of Jeremy Tyler and Toure Murry have emerged as likely candidates to join the Knicks, at least for training camp, this coming fall due to their efforts in Vegas. Their play has been intriguing, and both have shown enough promise to peak the curiosity of Knicks' brass even further.

One player who may be flying under the radar a bit, however, is Jerome Jordan. After playing 21 games for the Knicks in 2011-12, Jordan was waived almost immediately after being traded from New York to the Houston Rockets last sumer.

As per the new CBA, the Knicks couldn't reel Jordan back in last summer, even if they had wanted. A new rule states that a player cannot re-join his former NBA team until a year has passed since they first traded him.

Jordan spent this past season in the NBA D-League, splitting time with the Reno Bighorns and Los Angeles D-Fenders. He not only emerged as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, but also earned himself an NBADL All-Star nod. 

He played well, but failed to earn himself an NBA call-up. The Lakers had interest, which is why the D-Fenders traded for him in the first place, but nothing ever materialized. Aside from LA, the Knicks' Glen Grunwald kept a close eye on Jordan throughout the season. 

And now Jordan is back with the Knicks…sort of. Though he's only playing for the club's Summer League team, the full year has now passed and Jordan would be allowed to reunite with New York, if such a union was desired once again.

There's no doubt Jordan would enjoy coming back to the Big Apple, but whether or not the Knicks will have mutual interest remains to be seen. Though Grunwald and company may have been optimistic heading into this week, Jordan hasn't exactly delivered in Vegas.

Through three contests, Jordan has averaged 8.5 points and 8 rebounds. That's the good news. The bad news is that he's only shooting 32%, and hasn't really displayed any consistent shot blocking ability. He's slow, passive, and has lacked aggression on both ends of the floor.

Is time running out for Jordan with regard to an opportunity with the Knicks? At the very least, he'll have two more games (depending on how far New York advances in Summer League playoffs) to truly capitalize on the opportunity at hand.

He'll have to do so sooner rather than later, because other notable players who are stepping up could soon take his spot in camp.