In a span of a few hours, the Golden State Warriors have lost their two best bench players.
Carl Landry bolted to Sacramento earlier on Sunday, and now, Jarrett Jack has signed a four-year, $25 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
It is certainly not surprising to see Jack leave, especially because the Warriors simply did not have the cap space to re-sign him after acquiring Andre Iguodala via free agency and renouncing Jack’s Bird rights.
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.
Jack had previously met with several teams, including the Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets. He will be headed to Cleveland to backup Kyrie Irving.
With his departure, the Warriors are now searching for a backup point guard of their own, although the versatile Iguodala is able to play the point if needed. They also have first-round draft pick Nemanja Nedovic, who they will take a look at during summer league.