Investing 4 years and $25 million into a backup point guard is usually not the best business plan, but for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jarrett Jack, it seemed to make some sense. After all, Jack can play both guard positions, spark the team’s 2nd-unit offensively, and provide toughness and veteran leadership for a team poised for a potential playoff run.
However, it appears that the “Jarrett Jack era” may be a little slow coming out of the gate in Cleveland.
Cavaliers say guard Jarrett Jack out 10 days with left knee inflammation.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 14, 2013
According to Yahoo’s Marc Spears (Tweet above), Jack will be sidelined approximately 10 days with a left knee issue, and this isn’t an encouraging sign. Due to the aforementioned contract for Jack, expectations are fairly high for Jack, and according to reports, this isn’t entirely minor, as its been reported as “cartilage irritation”.
Whatever the cause, Jack’s absence opens a void for Cleveland, especially if he can’t return for the start of the regular season. With that said, a 10-day timetable places him back well before the opening tip, and that’s (relatively) good news for Kyrie Irving and the Cavs.
Knee injuries don’t “improve” for 29-year-old guards, however, and it’s time to keep an eye on Jack moving forward.