Monday, July 13, 2009

Jarrett Jack to Toronto?

On Saturday, I wrote the Toronto Raptors have many options with the $10-12M they have to spend--it appears Bryan Colangelo will take a chuck out that money within the next few days. On Sunday, the Raptors extended an offer sheet to restricted free agent Jarrett Jack. Jack split time in Indiana with T.J. Ford last season, averaging 13.1 PPG and 4.1 APG.


The deal is worth $21 million over the next 4 seasons. I’m guessing this is the mid-level exception, considering it pans out to average $5.25 million per year.


One of the biggest issues for the Raptors is the backup PG position—Jack would definitely fix that problem. Roko Ukic, while he still has potential, isn’t ready to play a backup roll yet. He needs more time to develop his game.


According to ESPN, it is unlikely the Pacers will match the offer, considering the teams financial situation. Last year in Indiana, controversy swirled around the PG position—Jarrett Jack and T.J. Ford split time, but both wanted the starting roll. I don’t think there will be a PG dispute in Toronto. I think going in, Jack knows he will backup Jose Calderon, creating a better mindset, which should avoid problems.


Overall, I’d love Jarrett Jack in Toronto. He’d fix a key issue, and add more depth to the bench. Hopefully, Bryan Colangelo will be making a big splash with his first use of the money.

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