So much for making a deal this offseason that clears cap space for the Golden State Warriors by trading away small forward Dorell Wright (as I discussed here). Instead of receiving the draft rights to Edin Bavcic of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Philadelphia 76ers, the Warriors will send Wright to Philadelphia in a three-team trade that will in return bring in guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets.
While the extra cap space would have been a nice addition for the Warriors' offseason plans, the acquisition of Jack gives the team a player that fills a definite need. A bigger point guard who can play both guard positions, he is coming off a career year where he averaged 15.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds a game. Instead of clearing up cap room in hopes of signing a backup point guard and bench scorer, the Warriors acquired a proven one through this trade.
The primary backup point guard next season, Jack is a great insurance option in the starting lineup if Stephen Curry struggles with ankle injuries again this year. If Curry stays relatively healthy, Jack will be the first guard off the bench backing up both Curry and Klay Thompson. An efficient distributor who is tough and respected around the league, he is a perfect fit for the team's needs.
With only one year left on his deal, Jack will earn $5.5 million this season. While Jack makes $1.4 million more than Wright, this move frees up the clog at the small forward position and gives the team an experienced starter who has started nearly half of his 532 career games. Jack is also an asset as a player who can get to the free throw line (85 percent in his career), a skill that will free up perimeter shots for shooters like Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Richard Jefferson.
Now with about $3 million left to spend before reaching the luxury tax zone, the Warriors will need to reassess who to target for the remainder of free agency. With J.J. Hickson deciding to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers for a one-year, $4 million contract, the Warriors will need to look elsewhere for big man depth. Also, restricted free agent Brandon Rush might be out of the team's price range and could be too costly for the team to retain.
Once the trade morphed into a three-team deal with the 76ers and Hornets, the Warriors found their backup point guard and veteran leader for next season. Adding the acquisition of Jack with the other decisions made this offseason, the Warriors front office has definitely made moves that address the team's needs.
Jarrett Jack Career Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Jarrett Jack on Warriors: "I'm Happy to Be Part of That Situation", Inside the Warriors, Bay Area News Group
Golden State Warriors acquire Jarrett Jack from New Orleans Hornets, Bay Area News Group
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