It becomes time for the rising Golden State Warriors to look towards next season and see how they can get their team from being a solid playoff team into a true contender. While that might take more than just one offseason, the Warriors had a terrific run and did it without a key player in David Lee. Now, it is up to the Warriors to try and keep a key player in guard Jarrett Jack, who is set to be a free agent and has stated that he would like to re-sign with the Warriors.
Warriors star player Stephen Curry has also stated his desire for Jack to stay with Golden State long-term, and the San Jose Mercury News reports that Curry has been telling Jack that he should stay with the team. Curry said, This is the place for him. 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.”
Ironically enough, Stephen Curry might be the reason why his backcourt-mate Jack will end up walking in free agency, because the Warriors will be over the luxury cap with Curry’s new extension kicking in. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Curry will make $6 million more next season, and that’s a huge increase that significantly affects the Warriors ability to keep Jack on the squad.
Last season, Jack broke out at the age of 29 with 13 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, and three boards per game as a key member of the Warriors squad. Hopefully he ends up staying in the Bay Area, but the Warriors have cap issues that will likely end up in Jack leaving, despite the wishes of Jack and Curry. We’ll see if the Warriors can get things worked out on that front, and they have another possible free agent in Carl Landry, who has a $4 million player option. If he doesn’t pick it up, then the Warriors have the flexibility to keep Jack, but that’s not really an ideal scenario for Golden State.