Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack refused to focus on a contract extension during the season and instead wanted to focus on the team's success. The good news for the Warriors is that he's been playing extremely well during that stretch, but that may be a curse for them too.
Now with Jack becoming a free agent during the offseason, he's likely to demand a larger contract than the extension the Warriors had in mind. To the Warriors' disadvantage, he's also been receiving interest from other teams in the league, including the San Antonio Spurs.
Jack, who drew interest from multiple teams during the trade deadline, is in the last year of his contract paying him $5 million this season.
Multiple teams are looking for point guards — including Utah, Charlotte, Toronto and possibly Milwaukee (since Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent). Plus, Jack has proven to be a difference-maker off the bench, which has intrigued multiple teams that already have a point guard, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. (ContraCostaTimes.com)
The Spurs will have Nando De Colo and Cory Joseph under contract, both who can play multiple positions on both ends of the floor. Gary Neal and Patty Mills will be free agents and that might leave an opening for San Antonio to use Jarrett Jack. Manu Ginobili will also be a free agent this summer and while he says he would like to play two more years, it hasn't been set in stone that he'll be returning to the team next season.
Jack would be a great reliable option off the bench for the Spurs and could be paired up with any of the wing players the team will have. He's been averaging 18.8ppg and 7apg this offseason and his performance in the second round may determine whether or not the Spurs are truly interested in making a move for him.
What do you think Spurs fans? Would Jarrett Jack be a good pick up for the team this offseason?
That would be so awesome if Jarrett Jack came to San Antonio. He would settle the backup pg problem and really be a dependable force in the backcourt. I really hope the Spurs get him in the offseason.
We need a servicable backup for Kawhi. It seems we have the backup PG position covered, but we could use someone who can provide some coverage for Leonard.
Even though it's not "set in stone", Ginobili is not leaving San Antonio. The only way he is leaving is if he wants to retire. So if he wants to play a couple of years, expect it to be in San Antonio. Otherwise, there will be riots here in the city. I don't know why this keeps being brought up.
Anyways, back to the topic, I think if both Mills and Neal don't return, then yeah, it definitely is worth keeping an eye on Jack.
He'd be a nice upgrade from Gary Neal, but the price tag will be too high. Gar Neal made $970K this year, Jack will be looking for $6-$7M. Is he really 6-7 times better than Neal? No. Spend that money on some quality wings or bigs.
@koshwayne Neal was signed for that price because he was virtually unknown overseas. teams know he can shoot the rock in tough situations even though he can't dribble. he's not coming back for anything close to that price tag.
@Emicris that's why i meant Manu's return wasn't set in stone to returning to the team, not implying he'd go to another team even though it's possible. if he wins a championship this season, we might see him or others decide to hang them up instead of trying to repeat.
@Chris32 18.8ppg and 7apg so far this postseason. this guy is an actual backup PG, Neal is an undersized SG. you don't want Neal handling the ball, especially if Manu isn't on the court with him off the bench.
@Jose_G @koshwayne Diaw won't leave his frenchmen behind such as Parker and De Colo. Pop and R.C. Buford will have talks about keeping the frenchmen together since they know the system because Parker ran the same plays in his country and on the same french team these players played in. Manu is not in talks about his new contract but I got an idea he'll take less like Timmy did to bring in key players. What excites Pop is bench points, who can contribute off the bench and that name is written all over Gary Neal, if Manu takes less some of that can be put toward Gary Neal to play for the Spurs. Gary Neal isn't known to handle a ball all game long, that's why their are 2 guards on the court. Gary Neal has good looks and I'd say he makes the majority of them, not all of them. One night he has the clutch and the next night he might not. I believe in Pop and the Spurs organization to figure out the situation with the Spurs cap space and who will be back, if the Spurs want to be solid and have a team that knows what to do on the court unlike other teams then they'll do what they can do to bring everyone back they have now for a good price. Jack isn't the greatest guard, he'll expect a lot of money and the Spurs don't have a lot to spend. Gary Neal would have to take maybe the same or less. Now Mills is a decent guard, he don't compare to Jack though. But for now the Spurs are not looking for anything to add right now like as of this minute, it's the playoffs and Jack is going head-to-head with the Spurs so he might come up amazing or go silent. Hopefully he don't show clutch this playoff series. He don't have a lot of playoff experience, well most of his team don't have playoff experience should I say. They almost blew the game against the Nuggets.
@koshwayne have you seen the Spurs' cap situation next season? depending if Diaw opts out next season and Bonner only has $1 million guaranteed, the team might have a bit of cap room to bring in someone relevant if they wanted to. Neal might come back if another team doesn't offer him more than he's worth (count on that if they win a title) or if he likes the Spurs so much he'd turn down million elsewhere (don't count on that). only reason he'd realistically be back is because the Spurs would still have Cory Joseph under contract and he's been playing PG off the bench to handle the rock because Neal can't.
lots of fans think Neal and Splitter will be back "at any price", but look at the payroll and how much each of the Big 3 will be earning and how much teams may throw at those guys in the market. the Spurs know well enough not to overpay role players because the system has been working with difference pieces. IF the Spurs are interested in Jack, who can actually play PG and has been clutch for GSW, they'll definitely be looking to pay him instead of overpaying Mills. if the Spurs were confident in bringing Neal back, they wouldn't be looking at another PG with Joseph solidifying his name for the bench next season.