Knicks point guard Ramon Sessions was inactive for the first time Friday night in Minnesota and Saturday will be officially waived by the Knicks. It will pave the way for the signing of former lottery pick Trey Burke, according to an industry source. The official announcement on Burke is expected Sunday.
The Knicks need a penetrator to help spread the court and set up easier shots for Kristaps Porzingis and Sessions didn’t turn out to be suited at age 31. Known best for his driving ability, Sessions won the starting job over Jarrett Jack but after the Knicks started 0-3, Jack inherited the role and didn’t give it up.
One source indicated Sessions didn’t get off to a good start with the Knicks after signing for the $2.1 million veteran’s exception when he missed almost all of the voluntary workouts. Knicks president Steve Mills signed Sessions but new hire GM Scott Perry urged him to add Jack to the mix in early September. Jack became one of the team’s leaders while Sessions faded from view.
The Knicks took a gamble on Sessions as their starting point guard after he had his worst season last year in Charlotte, playing just 50 games in an injury-marred campaign. He wound up appearing in 15 for the Knicks but mostly garbage-time minutes after he lost his starting job.
Sources indicated Jack proved to be the more impressive mentor to rookie backup Frank Ntilikina, who has struggled immensely the last two games in perhaps a sign of hitting the rookie wall.
It was first reported Monday by The Post that Sessions was expected to be released to make way for Burke, who was held out of the G League showcase this past week in a Toronto suburb. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported first that Sessions would be cut Saturday.
Burke, who lacks defensive prowess, won G League Player of the Month for December. However, one NBA coach said of Burke, “He’s a scoring guard who can’t score. The best player in the G League still could be the 14th, 15th man.”