On several different occasions last season, it looked like the Cleveland Cavaliers were on the verge of trading point guard Jarrett Jack.
Jack was brought in as a backup to Cavaliers’ star point guard Kyrie Irving and as Irving went down with an injury, Jack filled in as a starter. Still, the Cavaliers know Irving is the future (now more than ever after the two agreed to a five-year, $90 million extension just after free agency began on Monday). That’s why they nearly dealt Jack to the Sacramento Kings, but a deal was ultimately never completed because the Cavaliers couldn’t find a taker for Kings’ big man Jason Thompson.
Jack signed a four-year, $25.2 million deal in the offseason last year and the Cavaliers would love to dump that money. Talks began to heat up last month as the Brooklyn Nets pursued a backup point guard, in case they lost Shaun Livingston in free agency. Those talks broke down, as well.
Now that the Nets have lost Livingston, who agreed to a three-year, $16 million deal with the Golden State Warriors Tuesday, they are once again discussing a deal. According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the “Nets are revisiting earlier trade talks with Cleveland regarding Jarrett Jack for Marcus Thornton according to a source with knowledge.”
Jack, 30, averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game while shooting 41.0% from the floor, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 83.9% from the free throw line in 80 games last season. Thornton, 27, played for both the Nets and Sacramento Kings last season. In 72 games, he put up 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 24.2 minutes per game while shooting 39.4% from the field, 34.5% from three and 80.4% from the free throw line.