July 29, 2014

NBA News: Cavaliers sign G Jarrett Jack per report

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have found the back-up point guard they were looking for. Marcus Thompson reports that the Wine and Gold have inked veteran guard Jarrett Jack to a multi-year deal.

Coming off the bench for the Golden Stare Warriors last season, Jack averaged 12.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Jack has played at least 79 games in every full season since 2005-06.

Jack is 29 years old and the Cavaliers will be his sixth team.

[Related: Earl Clark signing low on risk and excitement]

  • FearTheRoo

    Backup PG…or starting PG when Kyrie is hurt for 75% of the season?

  • davelb87

    This is a wise place to invest some money, if for no other reason than to avoid seeing the likes Donald Sloan, Lester Hudson, and Jeremy Pargo getting significant minutes at the 1. Having a competent backup PG for when Kyrie inevitably misses time should help avoid some of the long losing skids that we saw when he was out the last two years.

  • Kildawg

    Jack is an underrated swing guard that can score from beyond the arc. Think he has good defense too. Definitely an upgrade over Gibson. Imagine a bench with Jack, Gee, Bennett, and Zeller. Think Miles is still on the team to join the bench bunch.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I like this signing in fact mentioned Jack last week along with teammate Carl Landry as possibilities. Jack is a nice insurance policy as a backup for Irving not to mention a solid floor general for the bench bunch. Four years means the Cavaliers used some of the much heralded financial flexibility they’ve been amassing for the last three years.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Gibson was a stiff Jack is a legitimate guard.

  • CavsPlayoffPush

    Beyond what was said already, he can also be a back-up for Dion Waiters. Another solid signing.

  • CavsPlayoffPush

    Don’t sleep on Kerasev either

  • simond

    i read this on ESPN.com:

    “Jack likely will be the Cavaliers’ sixth man, backing up both guard positions, but he said his role with the Cavs has not been discussed.

    “I have no clue,” he said, when asked if he’ll come off the bench.”

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    is it all about the money or do some of these players just not care what their role is going to be when signing a new contract?

  • woofersus

    Fan-freaking-tastic! I was just fantasizing last night when I read about GS’s moves to free up money for Igoudala, which made him most likely headed elsewhere that the Cavs might go after him. This guy is a quality rotation piece at both PG and SG who was a 6th man of the year candidate and a significant upgrade for our 2nd unit.

  • woofersus

    Given the one year obligation to Clark, the Cavs will still have most of that flexibility next year. Especially if the contract is a little back loaded on the 3rd and 4th years. At that point they’ll be in luxury tax territory if all goes according to plan.

  • zonk

    9:01pm and Michigan still sucks

  • Steve

    Solid player, but a long contract. 6-7 million for a 30+ year old bench player isnt any kind of deal.

  • LilBoyBlue

    This is a great signing for so many reasons. Well done..

  • @TheDeePagel

    Steve, you crack me up man. You are the most consistent person I have never met.

  • Brandon Sander

    I like the signing but would have preferred

    Jose Calderon

  • Jaker

    Great signing. Now just take a flier on Oden and let the team start to gel!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pass on Oden let ‘em go to Miami.

  • Yup

    It’s a 3-yr deal, the 4th is club option and he is 29, not 30+. So you’re first two declarations are incorrect. If you’re gonna say stupid things, fine but get yr facts straight first…

  • King Me

    Cavs: the Blog had a piece today showing that, at least statistically, Jack isn’t too great of a defender. Hopefully that’s skewed by the Warriors fast pace, but it’s something to note.

  • woofersus

    I don’t think 6.25 average for a player of his caliber (one of the first couple of guys off the bench and can play two positions) is so bad – especially when we know we aren’t yet a “destination team” for free agents. And I wouldn’t expect to see severe decline from 29-33 for a guy not being asked to play 36-38 minutes a night and who hasn’t made his career on freakish athleticism.

    That being said, it appears the 4th year is a club option, so it’s a smaller contract. I do hope they structured the contract to bump up after two years so it maximizes flexibility through next offseason. If you look at the money Calderon and Korver both got 4 years and 24M/28M respectively, with no club options and both of those guys are almost two years older than Jack.

  • woofersus

    He’s been a 6th man before. I would think he’s comfortable with that at his age. I think there are a group of players that would rather be a rotation guy on a good team than a starter on a bad one. Realistically, even if he puts some pressure on Waiters at the outset he has to know he isn’t the future at that position. He’ll get plenty of minutes, though, and he signed for market value.

  • mgbode

    always thought he’s pretty solid on defense and has the ability to guard both spots. let’s take a look at the numbers:

    http://www.82games.com/1213/12GSW2.HTM
    12/13:
    Jack PER PG=17.9 / SG=15.2
    opponent PER PG=15.6 / SG=11.9

    11/12
    Jack PER PG=17.6 / SG=19.5
    opponent PER PG=16.7 / SG=7.3

    10/11

    Jack PER PG=14.4 / SG=15.4
    opponent PER PG=17.0 / SG=13.4
    Really, really good defense at SG. Not as great at PG, but definitely not bad defense there either.

    Extremely consistent %’s at FG (45%) and FT (87%) throughout his career. His 3pt% has been up and down, but it’s been good the past 2 seasons (35 & 40).

  • mgbode

    we already have 2 guards who don’t play defense though.

  • mgbode

    I like Jarrett Jack. He’s solid defensively, can guard both backcourt spots (so take the best with whoever he’s paired with) and we needed another guard. If his recent 3pt%’s are real, then he could be a great under-the-radar signing.

    I do worry that we needed a frontcourt defensive guy more and that $6mil/year is a high price for what we want from Jack.

    But, if we do end up with Asik too, then this is going to be a fun team to root on this season (and you have to think Mike Brown is pushing for that move).

  • @TheDeePagel

    Don’t worry about Steve. A Cleveland team could win a championship and he’d point out some negative aspect about it…like, “winning was nice, but we could have done it sooner had management not (fill in criticism here)”….or, “this championship is nice, but it doesn’t have the same shine to it since (insert Cleveland team) average team age is over 30″…..

    It’s what he does….but he does it well.

  • Ball game

    I noticed you frequently point out how you predicted when something will happen. Sounds like some insecurity there…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hold me?

  • Steve

    My first statement was “solid player” but apparently you and Dee are more concerned with other things than fairly representing my argument. And this will be Jack’s age 30 season. We have also locked up his age 31 and 32 seasons, so yeah 30+ is accurate.

    If any other team had locked up post 30 years of a backcourt player (they usually have shorter careers) and was paying above average salary to a bench player, we’d all scratch our heads. But its the Cavs, a team notorious for its free agent success stories, so we’re all on board, full steam ahead.

  • Steve

    Strawmen and ad hominems are fun but dont substitute for actual arguments. You want me to say “everything cleveland teams do are wonderful”, fine, but history has shown that wouldnt be an accurate assessment.

  • Steve

    Agree with most of this though i dont like the Calderon deal (no d) but am ok with Korver (much more belief in those shooting numbers sticking). But both guys are being asked to play much bigger roles than Jack will here, so i’m not a fan of comparing the contracts.

  • Kildawg

    Karasev is a 2-3, same as Miles was, and Gee; but Gee has the experience, more at the 3. Cavs do have a legitimate NBA playoff team that can go deep in the playoffs. Looks better than the 2007 bunch that made the Finals.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Steve relax, bro…

    It wasn’t meant as serious. We are all on the same side, and all want the best for our beloved Cleveland teams….of course you can disagree with their decisions, that’s a very fun part of being a fan. My comments were just a bit of intended good nature busting.

    I will be there to give you an air high-five when we win the big one.