Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards. Washington currently does not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items, but six players on the current roster will hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. The Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection. However, whatever positives rookies might bring will not include NBA experience. That's why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: Jarrett Jack, PG, Golden State Warriors
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 197 lbs. Turns 30 in October
Stats: Serving primarily as the third guard in his first season with the Warriors, Jack averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 30 minutes in 79 games. Now playing for his fifth NBA team and in his second postseason, he's jacked his scoring average to 16.3 points in nine postseason games this year. The former Georgia Tech star knocked down 40.4 percent of his 3-point attempts, marking the second time in his career over 40 percent from beyond the arc. Jack's 15.9 PER would have ranked third on the Wizards behind only John Wall (20.8) and Nene (17.0)
Playoff Matchup: No. 6 seed in the West, Warriors trail 2-1 in their second-round series against the Spurs with Game 4 Sunday afternoon on the left coast. In the first round, Jack scored at least 20 points in four straight games (including three wins) against the Nuggets, but tallied 19 combined in Game 2 and 3 versus the Spurs.
The fit: Though the Fort Washington (Md.) native entered the NBA back in 2005 primarily as a point guard, Jack has the size, savvy and offensive arsenal to play both backcourt slots, meaning all kinds of off-the-ball possibilities with John Wall and Bradley Beal. His brand of physical and mental toughness would benefit Washington during those oh-so troubling road games. Jack shows little fear in late game situations and he can handle the scoring burden on a given night when needed. The downside, as demonstrated during the postseason, is fits of ball dominance and poor shot selection show up as well.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Jack earned $5.58 million this season and the Wizards could get into that range by using their mid-level exception, which next season starts at $5.15 million. However, signing the unrestricted free agent to a multi-year deal likely eliminates Martell Webster (and A.J. Price) from returning. Depending on how the draft and the overall offseason unfolds, that's a swap worth considering, but the Wizards may never have to truly worry about such a debate. Considering the way Golden State progressed during this season and how the shooting duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson benefit from Jack's experienced presence, it seems likely the Warriors will find a way to keep him in the fold. If not...
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