Rumors have been floating around — dating back to this past season — concerning the Cleveland Cavaliers wanting to send backup guard Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets. Now, as more details emerge of the Cavaliers’ big offseason plans, Cleveland is still searching for a way to unload Jack to the Nets to clear up cap space for a big free agency signing; the most recent candidate being LeBron James.
After signing Jack to a four-year, $25 million contract last offseason, the two-way guard and tested sixth man proved to not provide the spark off the bench that the Cavaliers were hoping for. His style of play didn’t really match with most of those around him; most importantly Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Cleveland has been working hard to make a deal happen to send Jack to the Nets:
In pursuit of max slot for LeBron James, Cavs searching for team to take Nets’ Marcus Thornton in deal to unload Jarrett Jack, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
What the Cavaliers are looking for, as Wojnarowski pointed out, is a third team to take on the contract of Marcus Thornton so that Cleveland doesn’t add any more unnecessary cap space. This deal would create almost enough room to offer a player like James the max contract that he is searching for. If Cleveland can make this happen within a day or so, the dominoes will begin to fall for a big move to be made via free agency.
One unnamed source had this to say about Jack’s future in Cleveland:
He’s gone, one way or the other