Utah Jazz Must Look to Free Agency for Starting Point Guard
The position that must be upgraded the most for the Utah Jazz in the offseason is certainly point guard. The Jazz currently have too many point guards on the roster, but none of them should be considered a starter for Utah next season. That means the organization must look to free agency in order to find a starter for many years to come.
One player in particular that the Jazz must pursue is Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack. The 29-year-old posted an outstanding season for the Warriors in which he mostly relieved Stephen Curry off the bench. However, the Jazz would sign Jack to be a starter, which is one of the reasons why he would most certainly consider agreeing to a deal.
Jack averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game during the regular season. However, his performance in the postseason is what will get him a decent deal in free agency. Jack averaged 17.2 points, 4.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 35.5 minutes per game. He also shot a whopping 50.6 percent from the field in 12 games (four starts).
Curry wants nothing more than to see Jack re-sign with Golden State in order to be an effective sixth man off the bench.
“This is the place for him,” Curry said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “He’s bounced around a lot. For him to have hopefully found a home here for the foreseeable future would be huge. I know he wants to be part of a winning team, and I think we have that here now.”
There is no question Jack would like to return to Golden State because he believes they have something special brewing. However, getting the pay day he deserves is more important to him, which is something the Warriors do not look like they will be able to do. Considering Utah will have close to $30 million in cap space to sign a few free agents, it will be hard for Golden State to compete with whatever deal the Jazz are willing to offer.
The fact is Jack would be a huge addition to the team, which would in turn make the Jazz a playoff contender once again.