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Jarrett Jack rejected Warriors’ extension talks

May 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Jarrett Jack will hit free agency this summer as the third-place finisher in Sixth Man of the Year voting, a key cog in the Warriors’ upset of the Nuggets and a player in line for a raise.

Jack made $5.4 million this season, arguably the best of his career. At 29, he’s really seemed to turn the corner of understanding the finer points of playing point guard in NBA, and it’s no surprise the Warriors want to keep him. Marcus Thompson of Inside the Warriors:

According to multiple team sources, the Warriors initiated extension talks with guard Jarrett Jack back in January. But Jack shut down such talks before they got rolling, looking to focus on the season and wanting to experience free agency.

Jack will be in demand this summer. He has the talent to start for several teams and, if he remains willing to come off the bench, he can play for any team.

The main question of his free agency: How much will the Warriors pay to keep him?

Harrison Barnes often sits to allow Golden State to play three-guard lineups with Jack, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Barnes is just 20 years old and how much the Warriors believe they can depend on him next season will go a long way in determining their highest offer to Jack.

But Jack has helped Curry, allowing the Warriors’ top player (regardless of what David Lee’s All-Star appearance says) to get more minutes off the ball. Curry is a fine passer, but his elite skill is shooting, and with Jack on the court, Curry shoots more – and as a result Golden State scores more. As important as Barnes is, the Warriors ought to consider, first and foremost, how Jack affects Curry.

It’s actually not too late for Golden State to extend Jack. Larry Coon’s FAQ:

Extensions to contracts that are not rookie scale contracts (i.e., veteran extensions) may be signed up to June 30, the day before the player would have become a free agent.

The Warriors likely won’t distract Jack during the playoffs, but once they’re eliminated, perhaps they’ll take one more crack at extending Jack, even if he sounds ready for free agency.

  1. circuscivics - May 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    “…but once they are eliminated…” That is pretty funny. Your going to get a lot of flack from Warriors fans for that.

  2. bifford - May 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    The Warriors are about to hit a ten foot brick wall of Spur. Despite that, I’m loving this team right now.

    I’ve felt Jack has been underrated dating all the way back to his days playing for the Blazers.

  3. saint1997 - May 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Jack is such a key cog for this team. Can’t stress his importance enough to be honest they should pay upward of 6.5 mill to keep him he plays so well with Curry, Thompson, Rush, Landry etc.

  4. polegojim - May 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Jack is a sick shooter. That guy is cool customer, a sniper.

    Nuggets just couldn’t match him up, or match his play.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Does anyone else not get tired of people automatically thinking the Spurs and Heat are going to just waltz into the Finals?

    • jcmeyer10 - May 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Now we can finally agree on something.

      • jrod2173 - May 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        And in case anyone forgot, Bogut only played in 1 of the 4 games this season against the Spurs, and that was early on before he was fully healthy. Bogut showed this series how he can impact a game. They split the season series 2-2. This will be anything but a walk through the park for the Spurs.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Whoa, sorry, I just glossed over the NOT part. MrWright you are still a moron.

      • badintent - May 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Bogurt was huge with 21 boards, he matches up well with Duncan, Jack is balling light years ahead of his Toronto Raps time.. Get your Popcoen ready !! Pizza time too. Go easy on the double cheese.

  6. sauvy2324 - May 4, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    If the warriors can keep shooting over 50% they have a shot at winning the series. Klay needs to shoot better than 2/13 and draymond and Barnes can’t hit a rookie wall. Jack will get paid regardless of how he plays in this series.

    Can Curry cancel out TP? Yes. Can Bogut and Landry give Duncan trouble? Hope so. Can Barnes cover up Ginoblis bald spot? No one can. I say warriors take it to 7 games with a shot to win it.

    Go warriors!

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