According to Marcus Thompson, Jarrett Jack has decided he will test free agency over signing an extension with the Warriors.
The Warriors reportedly approached Jack, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, in January to work out an extension. The point guard opted against it, deciding instead to focus on the season.
Jack could still return to the Warriors next season but will have the freedom to entertain offers from other teams. Jack has had terrific season off the bench this season for the Warriors (he finished third in Sixth Man voting) and has had an even better postseason thus far. He could end up parlaying that into a lucrative contract—more lucrative than perhaps the Warriors are willing to offer.
Jack, who drew interest from multiple teams during the trade deadline, is in the last year of his contract paying him $5 million this season. He is expected to be a fairly well sought after this offseason, especially with the postseason he’s having, as multiple teams are looking for a point guard. Multiple teams are looking for point guards — including Utah, Charlotte, Toronto and possibly Milwaukee (since Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent). Plus, Jack has proven to be a difference-maker off the bench, which has intrigued multiple teams that already have a point guard, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.
Along with the financial obstacles, the Warriors could be at a disadvantage with the minutes it can offer Jack. The report also points out that the Warriors, with the emergence of Harrison Barnes, might not be able to provide Jack with the playing time he’s been used to this season in the future. Currently, Jack sees the floor in crunch time at the expense of Barnes.
Meantime, here are Jack’s thoughts on his contract situation:
— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) May 4, 2013
Seven exclamation marks. I’d say he’s pretty serious.