Cavaliers Trade Jarrett Jack, Clear Cap Space For LeBron James

Jarrett JackWas this move the final swipe for LeBron James to return home to Cleveland? I guess by the time you’re reading this, we may know the answer, but regardless of where The King plies his trade this coming season, there’s the fantasy value of Jarrett Jack, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton and Sergey Karasev to consider.

First of all, here’s the trade that went down.

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Cleveland Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer, Edin Bavcic, second round draft pick Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev, Tyler Zeller, top 10 protected first round draft pick
Boston Marcus Thornton, Tyler Zeller, top 10 protected first round draft pick Second round draft pick
Brooklyn Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev Marcus Thornton, Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer, Edin Bavcic

Cleveland basically cleared cap space, while receiving the draft rights to three Nets’ prospects, so that they can accommodate a max contract for James, which would come in at $20.7 million.

Out of all the guys that changed zip codes, Jarrett Jack is the only one who could have any wvalue in most leagues, so I’ll concentrate on his outlook for next season.

When Jack was signed by the Cavs last season, I was not a fan. He was coming off a very strong campaign for Golden State, but it definitelty translate to the Eastern Conference, with Jack struggling through his only season in Cleveland. Jack played in 80 of 82 games for Cleveland, starting 31, but couldn’t come clsoe to his fantasy output from the two prvious seasons. Here are his stats from last season.

2013-14 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT% Rank
Jarrett Jack 28 9.5 0.8 2.8 4.1 0.7 0.3 8.7 41.0 1.9 83.9 200

That’s a far cry from rankings of 74 and 111 in the previous two seasons playing for New Orleans and Golden State. Jack’s stats dropped across the board, even though his minutes remained fairly constant and the Nets would have to be hoping that this is not the beginning of the end of career decline.

The good thing for Jack’s fantasy value is that the Nets were in need of some backup guard help following the free agent departure of Shaun Livingston. Jack will be the primary backup at both guard spots and could also start if new coach Lionel Hollins decides to play Joe Johnson at the three like he did so often last season.

Here’s how I see Jack perforing next season.

2014-15 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT%
Jarrett Jack 29 10.5 0.8 2.7 4.3 0.7 0.3 9.2 44.2 2.3 84.1

If Jack can get his shooting back on track, he should be a top 140 player, well within the draftable range for 12 team leagues, although it will be hard to pull the trigger on him in 10 teamers.

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