Jack back? Maybe.
With all the speculation about who the Nets may bring in at point guard --from Sergio Rodriguez to Jeremy Lin to Malcolm Delaney, there's been little discussion of Jarrett Jack returning. His 2016-17 contract is only $500,000 guaranteed on $6.3 million. That's $5.8 million in precious cap space and the long held belief was that he'd be waived. The Nets have until Thursday to decide what to do, whether to waive him and add to the team's cap space or keep him and hope can return as a serviceable PG ... and mentor to the team's kiddie corps.
After all, if you're not going to spend all that $55 million in cap space, why not get some value for a piece of it? Sean Marks said Thursday night the Nets hadn't yet made a decision. But early Sunday morning, Jack, always cryptic on social media, tweeted out two simple messages that could be an indicator of which way things are going.
Ahaha I already be knowing— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) June 26, 2016
Hahaha— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) June 26, 2016
That doesn't sound like a guy who's getting ready to find work. That's our guess anyway. Remember, this is a guy who announced his trade to the Nets in the same manner...
I got news— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) July 9, 2014
Of course, Jack's return is complicated by his recovery from a devastating, season-ending knee injury he sustained back in January. He's been rehabbing the knee mostly away from the HSS Training Center, but when asked about the knee a week ago sounded optimistic, if succinct.
For the record, Jack averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds for the Nets in 32 games (at which point the team was 9-23. But Jack's value as he gets closer to his 33rd birthday may be just as much in mentoring as playing.
On Thursday night, Chris McCullough was asked who had been helpful to him in his rookie transition. He mentioned Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, then paused and added, "them two and Jarrett Jack."
And the Nets did add two combo guards in the draft, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead and signed Yogi Ferrell, the Indiana point guard as well.