The Brooklyn Nets have waived veteran point guard Jarrett Jack, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports:
The Nets have requested waivers on guard Jarrett Jack.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 30, 2016
Brooklyn Nets Waive Jarrett Jack
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical originally reported on Tuesday that the Nets were shopping Jack around the league. If no team wanted him in a trade, Brooklyn would decide to waive him:
Sources: Brooklyn shopping Jarrett Jack w/ buyout date looming Thursday. Without trade, Nets plan to waive PG; would clear nearly $6M on cap
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2016
Seeing as how the Nets have now waived Jack, it’s clear that teams weren’t interested in trading for him. That’s understandable; after all, Jack is already 32 years old. Additionally, he’s coming off of a torn ACL, which he suffered this past January. Jack played only 32 games for the Nets in the 2015-16 season before missing the last few months due to injury.
Jack averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and a career high 7.4 assists per game last season before going down. The 11-year veteran has likely seen his best days already, with stints for the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was especially good in Golden State, where he provided a spark off the bench as the third guard, playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the 2012-13 season. Jack was in the running for the 6th Man of the Year award that season, playing a meaningful role for a playoff team. Despite his age, Jack will still be able to put in productive minutes. He can provide playmaking off the bench for any team. Some title contenders, such as his old Warriors and Cavs teams, may now look to sign him.
On Brooklyn’s side of things, the Nets were a dreadful 21-61 last season, finishing with the third-worst win-loss record in the league. They now appear to be trying to re-build around young players and draft picks, if they can recoup some. They traded their 2016, 2017, and 2018 first rounders to the Boston Celtics for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett back in 2013, making the current re-building process difficult to start. Brooklyn has a long way to go before it will compete for a playoff spot, let alone a championship. For now, the Nets have been linked to players such as Rajon Rondo to potentially fill the void that Jack leaves at the starting point guard spot.