By: Anthony Pignatti
The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to terms on a three-team deal that would send G Marcus Thornton to Boston in exchange for G Jarrett Jack and 20 year-old Russian G Sergey Karasev from Cleveland – as reported by numerous media outlets.
The departure of Shaun Livingston via free agency leaves a glaring hole in Brooklyn’s backcourt. This move is made under the initial assumption that Jack will help fill that need and be paired alongside Deron Williams for the start of the 2014-2015 season. Jack, a combo guard out of Georgia Tech, averaged 9.5 ppg on 41% shooting and 4.1 apg in a subpar year with Cleveland last season.
At 30 years of age, the 10-year veteran provides the Nets with another ball distributor and a situationally sound shot-maker. He is capable of running offense for his teammates as well as creating scoring opportunities for himself. Lionel Hollins, newly introduced Brooklyn Nets coach, may plug Jack into the starting unit next to Williams, forming a duo combo-guard attack. If not, expect Jack to be utilized in a reserve role, spelling Deron Williams for the upcoming season.
Jarrett Jack is heading into the 2nd year of his $6.3 million annual contract. His guaranteed deal runs through 2015-16 with a team option for the 2016-2017 season. By trading Marcus Thornton’s $8.5 million expiring contract, the Nets did absorb some long-term money. What’s important is that the Nets did not add a contract that runs through 2016-2017, the summer Kevin Durant becomes a free agent. We can still dream, Nets fans.