The Cleveland Cavaliers have been building something special over the last few NBA seasons and that’s abundantly clear. Coming into free agency after the draft where they selected Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick, they knew they had a solid core in place, but would need to fill complimentary roles off the bench.
On Saturday, just a couple of days after coming to an agreement with Earl Clark, the Cavs agreed to terms with now former Golden State Warriors backup guard Jarrett Jack, according to Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson. The deal is reportedly for four years, $25 million and, according to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd, there will be a team option for the fourth year of the deal.
Last season with Golden State, Jack largely came off the bench to back up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. In 29.7 minutes per game he averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game on 45.2 percent shooting and 40.4 percent three-point shooting. He will likely play a similar role with Cleveland.
With budding star Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters already in place in Cleveland’s backcourt, Jack is another fantastic addition that will offer the Cavs a ton of versatility. With Jack on the roster, they now have the flexibility to play small-ball with Waiters at the small forward position and they will have one of the best backup guards in the game as well.
Jack is not without his faults. There are a number of times in every game when Jack will have the ball in his hands and he gets tunnel-vision on the rim, disregarding any shooters who might be open. However, his faults don’t outweigh the overall offensive ability that he brings to the table.
Cleveland has quietly filled out a nice roster over the past few years and in this off-season. They now have a versatile backcourt that will definitely keep opposing defenses on their heels and have a frontcourt loaded with young guys with a ton of potential. Before adding Jack, this was a team that had a solid chance of sneaking into the playoffs next season. After agreeing to terms with Jack, it would be a disappointment if the Cavs weren’t in the postseason next year.