The Golden State Warriors certainly have their hands full with their number one priority: trying to retain Jarrett Jack.
While they are seemingly putting all their cards on the table for Dwight Howard, re-signing free agent Jack is of utmost importance to this squad.
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.
It is not surprising that both of those teams are showing interest in Jack. The Mavericks are looking to re-tool their roster, as they are in the mix to land Howard as well. They could offer Jack the starting job at point guard, which would obviously be enticing to the veteran who came off the bench last season for Golden Satate.
As for the Nuggets, they may be looking for a backup to Ty Lawson to replace the aging Andre Miller. Plus, they got a chance to see Jack firsthand when the Warriors knocked them out of the playoffs.
Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Warriors would have to offer Jack a three-year deal worth $24.2 million. Since they own his Bird rights, they can re-sign him despite being over the salary cap.
Thompson also reported that the Warriors met with Jack earlier today, and that the talks were “positive.”