New Orleans Pelicans’ backup guard Jarrett Jack is out four to six weeks with a torn right lateral meniscus and could miss the rest of the season.
The New Orleans Pelicans’ injury woes continue to get worse.
Backup point guard Jarrett Jack will now miss 4-6 weeks, after the diagnosis of a torn right lateral meniscus.
Jack is a recent acquisition of the Pelicans. New Orleans made the signing of Jack to a 10-day contract a week before his injury. He will now likely watch his chance at another deal expire, until the beginning of next season.
Jack did appear for the Pelicans in two games. He played 25 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks and eight minutes against the Detroit Pistons. Jack’s final overall numbers with the Pelicans stand at six points, five assists, two steals, three turnovers and four fouls.
While he did not get much of a chance to show it, Jack is a capable NBA veteran. Jarrett has had eight seasons in the NBA of averaging at least 10 points per game. He also has nine seasons in the league of averaging at least four assists a contest.
Unfortunately, the injury bug got to him, before he could produce for New Orleans.
This is the second Pelicans’ acquisition that has fallen to a devastating injury. The Pelicans let go of Omri Casspi, who was acquired in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Casspi suffered a season ending injury and New Orleans needed the space to sign someone to fill the roster. It will be a similar end for Jack and the Pelicans, as frustrating as it is for both sides.
New Orleans will likely use the open spot to search for another backup guard in the free agency market. A guy like veteran Mario Chalmers or recently waived Cavs guard Jordan McRae could fit the bill. This is a team that has been desperate to find help in their depth, only to have those players suffer injuries.
Jarrett Jack is a veteran in every sense of the word. It is hard to imagine how frustrating it is for a player to earn his spot on a team to have that chance taken away so quickly. For the New Orleans Pelicans, they will give another look at a depth-filler in the near future. For Jack, this will be time to rest up for next season. Best of luck to Jarrett in his NBA future, whether it be in Pelicans uniform or not.