Jarrett Jack

Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack Leaving Warriors

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles ClippersCarl Landry is leaving the Golden State Warriors to join the Sacramento Kings and Jarrett Jack reportedly is heading to Cleveland.

Both contracts, along with every other NBA contract, cannot be signed until June 10 according to NBA rules.

Landry will make $26 million over four years in Sacramento after opting out of a $4 million option with the Warriors for next season.

The big man was a big contributor off the bench for Golden State averaging 10.8 points and 6 boards per game, but after the Warriors signed Andre Iguodala they did not have sufficient cap space to retain the services of the veteran power forward.

Landry’s departure leaves an injured Festus Ezeli as the primary big man off the bench. Ezeli was injured in Golden State’s final game of the regular season against Portland before playing through the knee sprain in the playoffs. Ezeli is due back in six to nine months, putting his return date at the earliest in mid-December.

Starting center Andrew Bogut has his own injury issues, and Andris Biedrins is no longer on the roster after the trade with the Utah Jazz that freed up cap space to sign Iguodala.

Jarrett Jack WarriorsJarrett Jack’s deal is also for four years, and the Warriors’ former backup point guard will make up to $25 million.

Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists in Golden State last season.

Iguodala figures to handle the ball as a point-forward next season, while Stephen Curry will more than likely continue to start. Scott Machado could see increased minutes next year, and new draftee Nmanja Nedovic could factor in as well.

The Jack deal is part of a sign-and-trade that also gives the Warriors a Trade Player Exception (TPE) of $5.5 million. The Warriors can use those funds to trade for a player making that amount.

The Warriors currently have $2.8 million left in cap space for next season.

 

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11 comments
Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Very disappointing.... Wasn't part of the idea of the Warriors clearing cap space with the trade they made yesterday, was to re-sign Jack and/or Landry? Yes, they signed Igoudala which is great, but not having Jack and Landry will hurt, even though I'm confident this current Warriors FO will find decent/good replacements for them.

It's also frustrating that they both signed on worse teams. The Cavs should be better, but still the Cavs though?!? Jack won't get as much PT as he did this past year, playing behind Kyrie Irving though.

And Landry, what they heck was he thinking? The Kings?!? C'mon now. Yes, he played there once before, but he would rather be with the Kings than the Warriors?!? The Kings are becoming Warriors north anyway, but I don't get him signing with the Kings at all.

Yes, Jack and Landry both got PAID by their new teams (I guess new/old for Landry. LOL), but they both made it seem like they really wanted to be here no matter what. You almost kind of feel betrayed, even though I appreciate what they did for the Warriors this past season, and yeah, they have a right to sign with whomever gives them the most money, even if it's a worse team.

But yeah, very disappointing that both Jack and Landry are gone. I really thought at least one of them would stay, even though of course I hoped both would stay. Kind of a kick in the stomach to the great news yesterday of the Warriors finally trading Biedrins and Igoudala signing with the Warriors.

Eric
Eric

I'm not the first to say it, but Jermaine O'neal would look good as a backup big...solid play, veteran, can still score, low price tag. Wanted Jack back. Sure there were turnovers, but plenty of spark and big shots. That contract  hes about to get is too steep for a backup.

billybob
billybob

Jack had his moments but the turnovers were frustrating. They'll still score plenty but will need depth at 4/5.

Symetrus
Symetrus

"...Stephen Curry will more than likely continue to start." Ya think? ;)

coredump
coredump

Can't keep everybody, no matter how much you might want to.  And good for both of those fellows, if they get more $$ or minutes or whatever they're hoping for.

Bay Area Duck Guy
Bay Area Duck Guy

@Symetrus Haha, hence the "more than likely." Who knows, maybe Steph gets hurt (shudders) or Scott Machado shocks the world ;)

Bay Area Duck Guy
Bay Area Duck Guy

@coredump @Otis Byrd III Essentially the Warriors gave up Landry and Jack to sign Iguodala when you look at the salary. In today's NBA depth really only matters in the regular season, and Iguodala makes them a better starting 5 plus Barnes as a 6th man. So long as the Warriors make the playoffs (they will), letting these two walk is a good move. 

coredump
coredump

I thought it was a good thing to have Jack available to come off the bench -- arguably one of the best backup guards around.  BUT, I wouldn't characterize his play as "distributor".

Maybe I'm remembering his playoffs turnovers too much, or his tendency to dribble into situations with nowhere to go, and in either case with little time remaining on the shot clock.  But fair or not, my impression of Jack is more of a gutsy ball handler who is willing to drive and try to make things happen, rather than a "distributor".  Not necessarily a criticism -- merely an observation.

I share the concern about Curry's health, and I'll wager we're far from alone.  But I think the W's have the pieces in-hand to overcome the loss of a good #2 guard off the bench.

E.g. it may be the case that when Curry is on the bench, the offense simply won't look like it did last year.  Given the wealth of wing/forward types, I wouldn't be shocked to see them run a scheme that doesn't rely much on a dedicated point guard during those non-Curry minutes.

Bay Area Duck Guy
Bay Area Duck Guy

@Sunset Boy @Otis Byrd III The front office will have to find a backup PG either by trade or free agency. If they don't, you're right: Curry will use his ankle too much and Iguodala will have to play whenever Curry sits, which is not good for the rotation. I'm confident they will find a floor general somehow.

Sunset Boy
Sunset Boy

@Otis Byrd III Losing Jack hurts the most, IMHO. He was more of a "true" point than Curry -- a floor general and distributor. That often freed Curry up to concentrate on shooting and scoring, gave him a break from handling the ball, and took some pressure off of him and his ankles. 

Jack had some brutal turnovers down the stretch, and in many ways I think the Warriors could do better, but he was still a key contributor and he played that critical backup PG role. His ability to take pressure off of Curry  was almost more important than his performance. Who will handle the backup PG duties now? Iguodala apparently plays point-forward, but you can't expect him to duplicate Jack's minutes at that position. The ball will likely be in Curry's hands a lot more this season. And the jury on curry's ankles is still out.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

@Bay Area Duck Guy @coredump Yes, you guys are right, but they both were so key to what the Warriors did this past season, that losing the both of them is a blow. It will be interesting and exciting to see how Igoudala fits in, with that being said.