Phil Jackson says Tony Wroten unlikely to play this season

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On Monday, the Knicks were reported to be finalizing an agreement with former Sixers point guard Tony Wroten. The deal hasn’t happened yet, but Phil Jackson confirmed to reporters Saturday that it’s still in the works, although he won’t play this season.

Via Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

Jackson also said the Knicks will sign Tony Wroten, though Jackson admitted he “needs a lot of medical attention” and likely won’t play this season. The plan is to have Wroten on the Knicks’ summer league team so they can take a look at him.

“He’s a big point guard, a tall kid that can do things,” Jackson said. “Our process is going on, it’s a little underground, a little beneath the surface but this is one of our desires, that we have to have a penetrator and we have to have somebody that can handle those roles.”

With the Knicks’ playoff hopes all but dashed this season, it makes sense to get a head start on planning for this summer, taking flyers on players like Wroten so they’re already under team control when it comes time to make up their Summer League roster. If he’s healthy, he’s still young enough that he could develop into a productive player.