A stealth depth addition by the Hawks over the summer, Jarrett Jack will likely see the injury that cooled his market shelve him to start the season as well. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Tuesday, via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that he does not expect the veteran point guard to be ready for Atlanta’s opener.
Jack underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in January and hasn’t practiced with his new team yet, so the timetable for the soon-to-be 33-year-old guard debuting for his eighth NBA team will surely stretch into November.
The former Georgia Tech standout hopes to be ready to practice by next week. Although the Hawks are one of the league’s last teams to open their season — they’re set to host the Wizards on Thursday, Oct. 27 — this will be too soon for Jack to realistically contribute. Expected to back up new starter Dennis Schroder, Jack will likely cede the reins to rookie Malcolm Delaney for the time being.
After trading away longtime starter Jeff Teague in the offseason, the Hawks signed Jack to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum. He’s vacillated between an off-the-bench cog and a starter throughout his 11-year career, with the injury befalling him when he was serving as the Nets’ starting point guard. Traded to clear cap space for the Cavaliers’ signing of LeBron James in the summer of 2014, Jack played most of the 2014-15 season as a Brooklyn backup before starting all 32 games in which he played last season.
Other than last season and the 2011-12 lockout-shortened campaign, Jack has played in at least 79 games in every season — including a rare 83-game season in 2010-11, when he played for both the Hornets and Raptors — so this represents a change for the durable veteran.