Georgia Tech graduate and NBA journeyman guard, Jarrett Jack, is looking like he was a pretty nice acquisition for the Brooklyn Nets.
Jack was shipped to Brooklyn from Cleveland while the Cavaliers were purging for cap room so they could sign LeBron James and trade for Kevin Love.
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Since he has been dealt to BK, Jack has played solid ball shooting 45% from the floor while averaging 10.1 points and 3.8 assists.
Jack had to start the last three games for Deron Williams while D-Will sat out two of those games due to a strained right calf followed by Williams coming off the bench Friday night in Brooklyn’s 109-107 win on Friday night.
Jack performed pretty well on Friday night dropping 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists on the Celtics.
BK is sitting in the eight spot in the Eastern Conference with a 13-15 record, which has to be underwhelming for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Thusly, the names of Nets players and the trading block have been bantered about in the media.
Deron Williams name has come up a few times in the rumor mill, most recently with the Sacramento Kings in serious discussions with Brooklyn.
It could be that Jarrett Jack is making Deron Williams expendable because of the way he has performed to this point of the season.
Oct 12, 2014; Shanghai, China; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams moves his mouth guard as the Sacramento Kings take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 97-95 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Danny La-USA TODAY Sports
Honestly, D-Will has under performed for the loot that Brooklyn decide to throw at him. He has two-years left on his deal, with a shade over $43 million left to be paid to him, and the 15.3 points on 40.1% shooting is not worth the money.
Meanwhile, Jarrett Jack is currently playing out the three years remaining on the four-year, $25 million contract that he signed with Cleveland before being traded.
This is a bang for your buck situation in BK. If you let Brooklyn Nets fans tell it, they have been disappointed with Deron Williams play since he arrived on the East Coast.
But it is not like Williams does not have trade value, and it is not like Brooklyn doesn’t need a roster overhaul.
Jarrett Jack in some fans eyes would be an upgrade over Williams, not only because of his price tag, but also they would know that Jack is going to play with some fight every night at point guard.
Williams fire has been questioned since he has gotten his dollars.
Fiscally, it makes sense for Brooklyn to throw Deron Williams’ name out there as trade bait. For the teams future it makes sense to revamp the roster with pieces they may be able to acquire for Williams, and have Jarrett Jack be the starting point guard for the next few years.
Jack has proven himself to be a viable NBA commodity who could run the point, and even play some two guard when called upon.
Deron Williams might need a new start. He once was regarded as on of the top two or three point guards in the game. Since then he has regressed from that status.
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In the end, with Brooklyn needing to undertake a roster revamping process, Jack does make Deron Williams expendable. Moreover, Williams play for the price tag he comes with makes him expendable.
It makes perfect sense for the Nets to want to deal Williams away with Jack on the roster.
They could get some players, and possibly picks for the future, while remaining competitive with a competent player like Jack running the point.