The agent for Jerome Jordan expects his client to play for the Knicks this season.
Todd Ramasar told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday that he has been in touch with Knicks representatives and "my expectation is for Jerome to be on the Knicks."
Ramasar said negotiations are currently in a "waiting period" while the league and players work to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Knicks acquired the 7-foot center in a 2010 draft night trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for $500,000. The Bucks had drafted Jordan with the 44th pick.
After the draft, Jordan decided to play overseas to improve his game, signing with the Serbian club KK Hemofarm for the 2010–11 season.
The former Tulsa standout averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15 minutes for KK Hemofarm.
Due to the lockout, he chose to return to Europe again this season. Jordan is averaging 11 points and five rebounds in just 22 minutes per game for Slovenian squad Krka. He has bounced back well from a bout of appendicitis, which he suffered through last spring.
In theory, playing in Europe gives Jordan an advantage over locked-out NBA players, because Jordan should arrive to training camp in game shape.
The Knicks could certainly use Jordan's size and length around the basket. They ranked ranked 20th in rebounding and allowed an average of 45.4 points in the paint, the fifth-highest total in the league.
They are reportedly reaching out to free agents such as Jeff Foster and Aaron Gray to fill the void.
But the Knicks may have a tough time landing a quality big via free agency.
They are set on offering one-year deals to maintain cap space for the summer of 2012, when Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are expected to test free agency.
The Knicks have undersized center Ronny Turiaf under contract and are expected to sign 6-11 second-round pick Josh Harrellson.
Ramasar said reports that Jordan would ask the Knicks to trade his rights if they didn't invite him to camp were "premature."
He called the Knicks a "class organization" and was complimentary of senior vice president Glen Grunwald. Ramasar also seemed optimistic that, given the Knicks' situation in the front court, a deal would get done.
"If not it is our responsibility to explore other options," Ramasar said.