Jarrett Jack could start for a good handful of NBA teams. Last year with the New Orleans Hornets, he averaged 15.6 points and 6.3 asssists in 34 minutes per game. He proved that his 2011-12 season was no fluke when he averaged 12.9 points in 29.7 minutes with the Golden State Warriors while serving as their sixth man.
With that said, the veteran point guard has no intentions of leaving the Warriors for bigger and better opportunities. Yes, his play over the past two seasons could easily net him a starting gig that would pay him starter’s money, but that’s reportedly not the route he wants to take.
According to NBA.com (Via Slam Online), Jack has told his agent to enforce the message that he wants to stay with the Warriors when he’s eligible to become a free agent in July.
In his words (Via Slam Online):
I’m appreciating everything that’s going on. In the summer, hopefully that process is a little bit further than we all want it to be. There are a lot of variables that go into making that decision. Hopefully, I can stay right here. I told my agent. I’m sure he spoke to the powers that be that I have desires to stay right here and help this franchise grow to the best of its ability.
The report comes amid the Warriors’ playoff run, which Jack has contributed to significantly, averaging 19.7 points in 39.1 minutes off the bench in three games.
Still, don’t forget that money will be a factor regardless of Jack’s willingness to stay with the Warriors. His agent will push for a contract that’s something in between sixth man money and starter’s money given that Jack closes games with the starting unit. The only conceivable obstacle will be the Warriors’ budget.
It’s not all too often when you see a player pass up money for a smaller position, though.