Former Yellow Jackets guard Jarrett Jack (2002-2005), who was part of the 2003-04 Georgia Tech Basketball team that made it to the Final Four and eventually played for the National Championship, was part of a three team trade in the NBA that sent him from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Brooklyn Nets.
This was a 3-team deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. The deal was done by Cleveland in an attempt to clear salary cap space in hopes of possibly landing Lebron James in free agency.
Jack was sent along with guard Sergey Karasev to Brooklyn in the deal, while Boston received guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets and center Tyler Zeller from Cleveland . To complete the 3-team deal, the Cleveland Cavaliers will receive the draft rights to little used players Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer, and Edin Bavcic. ( Hope you followed all of that, there will be a quiz !)
Jack has carved out a really nice career for himself since leaving the Flats and being drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, who then sent him to the Portland Trail Blazers in a draft day deal.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has played eight seasons in the NBA and has averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 assists over his career. He has bounced around the league some during his career since playing in Portland. The Brooklyn Nets will be the seventh team that he has rendered services for. The other teams he has played for since breaking in with the Portland Trail Blazers are the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors and of course the Cleveland Cavaliers.
His most fulfilling season in the NBA had to be his stop in the Bay Area playing for the Golden State Warriors in the 2012-13 season. Jack provided veteran leadership to a young Warriors’ team that was able to surprise the NBA that season by winning 47 games and defeating the Denver Nuggets 4-2 in the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs. Golden State eventually lost to the San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in the Second Round and was eliminated.
Jarrett Jack was incredible in those playoffs. He averaged 17.2 points and shot 50.6% from the floor that postseason. Jack’s performance was so good that he was able to parlay that performance into a 4-year/$25 million deal with the Cavaliers before the start of the 2013-14 season.
It seems as though all of the deals that teams are making in this year’s NBA free agent period are revolving around trying to land Lebron James. There is a chance that Cleveland still will not land LeBron James after dealing Jack to BK for the simple fact that their owner Dan Gilbert acted foolishly upon losing LBJ to the Miami Heat during that infamous event known as “The Decision”.
Brooklyn is getting a good veteran player with this deal in Jarrett Jack. Though Jack has been a journeyman in the league, he still is a solid player to have on the roster and in the locker room. He is going to be a good addition for the Brooklyn Nets and hopefully he will finally stick with a team for a little while.
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