Jarrett Jack’s first NBA season spent with the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t go as swimmingly as either he or the team would have hoped. After proving to be a sparkplug in seasons past, Jack really only served to keep a mundane Cavs offense at the same level and to not help their defense to any real degree.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Jack may have suitors elsewhere that are looking to acquire the services of the veteran guard. Stein’s sources say that the Brooklyn Nets have been in discussions with Cleveland regarding a deal that would send Jack to Brooklyn in return for veteran enigma Marcus Thornton, who the Nets acquired at the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline.
For Cleveland, getting Thornton wouldn’t likely mean much for the team in the 2014-15 season beyond being a low-minute rotation player. However, his contract will expire after the season is over, giving the Cavaliers more flexibility in regards to salary in the summer of 2015, something that they’ve made no secret about trying to do.
As for the Nets, acquiring Jack could be a savvy move for them, especially if Shaun Lvingston leaves in free agency, which he’s more than likely going to do with a decent payday waiting for him elsewhere. Jack would give them another guard that could come off of the bench and run the offense with the reserves, something that’s vital with this aging Nets team.
More interestingly, though, is the flexibility that Jack would offer Brooklyn in terms of the minutes that they play Deron Williams. We’ve seen Williams’ production noticeably decline in recent seasons, largely due to injuries that have accrued over the past few years. With Jack in tow, the Nets would have the ability to rest Williams more often and keep him fresh for late in the season and the postseason.
Though there’s no deal reached between the two teams yet, it’s a trade that would serve both organizations well if completed. Obviously the Nets would be hoping for a more productive Jack than the one that was in Cleveland last season, but it’s simply a deal that both parties should work to get done with little or no complications.