If the Golden State Warriors lose Jarrett Jack to free agency, all hope is not lost.
Their backup plan is to sign Darren Collison, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. Collison became an unrestricted free agent last night when the Dallas Mavericks did not extend a qualifying offer to him.
A four-year veteran out of UCLA, Collison averaged 12.0 points and 5.1 assists in 81 games for the Mavericks last season. He started in 47 of those games.
Thompson reports that the Warriors can offer Collison their mini mid-level exception, a maximum of three-years and $9.97 million.
Collison has consistently averaged double-digits points per game throughout his career, spending time with the New Orleans Hornets and Indiana Pacers before joining the Mavericks last season.
He is a solid back-up point guard, and would be a good replacement for Jack.
However, the Warriors’ top priority remains to re-sign Jack, who is being courted by the Mavericks and Denver Nuggets, among other teams.
Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists in 79 games as their sixth man, but his role was much bigger than just “sixth man.” Jack was their closer, with the ball in his hands during late-game situations, and more often than not, he came up huge. Granted, there was the occasional error that he committed, but the positives that he brought to the team far outweighed the negatives.
The Warriors will have a lot to think about over the next few days and weeks, but if they lose Jack, Collison would not be a bad addition.