The rumor mill is beginning to heat up, and the Golden State Warriors seem at the nucleus of it all. On Thursday, they were reportedly on Dwight Howard’s list of preferred destinations, and later, the Dallas Mavericks emerged as a potential landing spot for Jarrett Jack, an unrestricted free agent, according to Dylan Price of the Star-Telegram.
The Mavericks desperately need a proven point guard. They finished the season using a combination of Mike James and Darren Collison, which wasn’t awful, but it’s not a duo that will produce favorable results in the long-term. So, with only $42 or so million committed going into the 2013-14 campaign, Dallas clearly has enough coin to ink Jack to a deal. After all, this is an organization that is also expected to pursue Chris Paul, who will obviously demand a much heftier contact than Jack, his former teammate in New Orleans.
There is one other factor to consider, and it’s on the business side of the spectrum: Given that Dallas would likely bring Jack on as a starter, the Warriors’ bid to retain him could become less-appealing. Jack has expressed his interest in returning to Golden State on multiple occasions, but money and a larger role generally takes precedent regardless of previous comments.
That’s the norm. There is a chance that Jack takes a unique route by sacrificing a starting spot and more money elsewhere to remain with a budding franchise. It’s a possibility. Money is a powerful thing, though.