There are murmurs that the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly aren’t yet sold on their 2018 lottery pick Jaren Jackson Jr., who recently returned from a lengthy injury absence.
Jackson returned on April 21 after he tore the meniscus in his left knee last August in the NBA bubble in Orlando.
The 21-year-old has played in nine games this season (two starts) and is averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.6 blocks per game in 23.0 minutes per game.
Jackson, who will enter the final year of his four-year contract next season, is also eligible for a contract extension with the Grizzlies this offseason.
If the team ultimately decides to part with him, the New York Knicks are expected to be interested.
Jackson’s dad Jaren Sr. was recently hired as an assistant coach with the Knicks’ G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.
Jackson Jr. is also a former Creative Artists Agency (CAA) client of current Knicks president Leon Rose and is now with CAA’s Austin Brown, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.
Knicks general manager Scott Perry also reportedly “loved” Jackson’s athleticism coming out of college when he was drafted No. 4 overall as the youngest player in the draft.
Jackson could potentially play a small-ball 5 role alongside Julius Randle.