Last season, backup guard Jarrett Jack was one of the most crucial components of the Golden State Warriors’ success. Enjoying one of his more consistent years as a pro, Jack came off the bench and gave the Warriors 13 points and 5.6 assists per game. The fact he could get himself a decent number of shots with guys like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in the rotation is even more impressive.
It was clear that this team respected Jack’s veteran presence and depended on him in many crunch-time situations. He made this team incredibly fun to watch, having three guards in the rotation who could all go off for a given night at any point in time.
This offseason, the Warriors are a bit strapped for cash and are going to have a tough time bringing Jack back to Golden State. He is very likely to get some lucrative offers from other squads around the league, and may have to make a decision to take less money if he is to stay with the team.
After the San Antonio Spurs knocked Jack and his team out of the playoffs, he was asked about his sentiments towards the team compared to his past stints around the league. According to Mercury News, Jack responded in part by saying:
“…looking down at this jersey, it’s just a sense of pride I don’t think I’ve ever felt as a professional. Nothing in my closet is better than what I have on now.”
It’s clear that Jack has developed a close relationship with all of the guys in that locker room and desires to be back with the Warriors. But, whether or not the Warriors will see the veteran guard take less money is still in question and highly unlikely.