Phoenix Suns Release Journeyman Guard John Jenkins

Jenkins has spent the last two seasons with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 3.4 points in a total of 26 games over that stretch.

On Friday, the Phoenix Suns announced that they have released guard John Jenkins.

Jenkins, a 25-year old guard from Vanderbilt, spent the last two seasons with the Suns. He averaged 5.0 points per game last year with the team in 22 games, but rarely saw time this season. Jenkins played in four games, averaging 3.3 minutes per game and 1.8 PPG.

After being released in Phoenix on Friday, he will hopefully move on to his fourth team in attempts of sparking a successful tenure elsewhere. He played three seasons in Atlanta with the Hawks, one season with the Dallas Mavericks, and then the last two seasons in the desert. Jenkins was selected by the Hawks with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Living up to the first-round hype didn’t go as planned for Jenkins. Although he had a decent rookie campaign- he averaged 6.1 PPG in 61 games for the Hawks, those numbers are now the best of his six-year career.

The move to part ways isn’t really surprising, or meaningful for that matter. Jenkins didn’t play much of a role for Earl Watson, and last appeared in a game on December 15. Jenkins played just three minutes and went 1-1 beyond the arc for his only attempted shot.

The most he’s played in a game this year came on November 19, when Jenkins logged four minutes in a match-up against the Philadelphia 76ers. His season-high point total is just three, so the decision from management to cut Jenkins isn’t one that will shock the fan base.

Still, despite limited playing time in the last two seasons with Phoenix, Jenkins is a 25-year old guard who’s looking for work. It’s likely that there’s at least one team out there that’s willing to give him a shot.

After a much-needed two-day break, the Suns will be back in action Sunday night when they will host the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers.