With 20 games left in the season, the Knicks are focused on getting their young point guards Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Trey Burke more minutes together on the court.
So where does that leave veteran PG Jarrett Jack?
Jack was the starter at the beginning of the season. However, he is realizing the Knicks have other priorities has he hasn't seen the court in the last three games. His role has now changed to a mentor for the three guards, and though he hasn't made a big deal of that, he did note he might explore other options if they arise.
For now, though, he'll continue doing what the team needs.
"People have brought it up to me," Jack told The Post's Marc Berman. "It wasn't something I was super thinking when the situation changed. But if it happens, it happens. I try to control what I can control. Right now this is my role for the moment. I'll try to be good at that as I was at the other one."
With the Feb. 8 trade deadline already passed, the only way Jack can change teams is to get waived by the Knicks, and have another team pick him up. However, the playoff-eligibilty waiver deadline, which is the date waived players must be picked up to be postseason-eligible, is this Thursday.
So, Jack has a very small window to decide if he wants to tell the Knicks to move him. What worse is he has never been in a situation like this before in his 13-year career.
"To be honest, I don't know," he said. "I've never been in this situation before. I never even thought about jumping from one team in the middle of the season to join another. That's what other guys have done. I've never done it before.
"Maybe I do need to sit down and look at a list of what my possible options are. As of today, I'm here with the Knicks and will try to help in any capacity I can."
Courtney Lee is a player that has been in that situation before, though, and he finds himself in almost the same situation as Jack. His minutes have dropped as well, as he played 30 minutes combined before an 11-minute stint against the Warriors on Monday.
Lee's minutes struggle is more shocking because of his career-best numbers in points (12.7 per game) this season.
"As a player, competitor, it's definitely tough," Lee said. "I'm not the coach. I'm not in the front office. if that's the decision they're making, they're going with, all I can do is be professional and control what I can control. That's coming in every day and working hard, be positive."
Head coach Jeff Hornacek commends Jack on how he has handled the shift to play the younger guards thus far.
"He's a great pro -- he understands the situation with our three young guards," Hornacek said. "If you sit anywhere near the bench, you hear him all game, encouraging them, trying to give them things to look out for during timeouts. It's like another coach out there for the point guards."
Jack still wants to be a player, not a coach. So, adjusting to Hornacek's new initiative hasn't been the easiest of transitions.
"Obviously I'd like to be on the court, bu they're allowing some of these young guys to get opportunities, show where they're at against other guys in this league," Jack said. "It's a coach's decision. All you can do is sit there and be a professional and help them when you're not in the game. And if they did call you, still be ready."
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You can't blame Jarrett Jack for thinking about going elsewhere. You also can't blame the Knicks for potentially waiving him.
Sure, it's nice to have a veteran mentor in the locker room, but what's the point if he's not going to play. I couldn't agree more with Jack not playing anymore. The Knicks season is over, and we need to see what they have in Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, and Emmanuel Mudiay. Jack should want to go to a playoff team and have some sort of role? What that role may be...who knows.
Jack did a nice job when the Knicks needed him, and gave them a bit of a spark early in the season, but there's no need for him here now.
Jack isn't going to any playoff team to start, and he's probably not getting major minutes to any playoff team he goes to. He could see some kind of role off the bench as a veteran leader for a young playoff team, but he isn't going to help a team win a title. Most teams are set at this point, and I can't see many spots for him as a point guard on a playoff team.
I can maybe see him go to the Heat, and be a backup to Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade. Or maybe go to the Pelicans and come off the bench. Other than that, I don't see many playoff spots for him.