Amidst the free agency chaos currently taking the NBA by storm the Brooklyn Nets get a nice little pick up in Jarrett Jack in a three-team trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
The trade sent Brooklyn’s Marcus Thornton to Boston along with the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic to Cleveland. The Celtics come out of the trade with forward Tyler Zeller, as well as a first round draft pick from the Cavs. In exchange the Celtics gave Cleveland a conditional second round draft pick.
“I’m very, very excited. Obviously, playing in New York is a compliment in and of itself,” Jack said. “The opportunity to play at the Barclays every night, I couldn’t be happier.”
Jack seems pretty excited to join the Nets squad and Brooklyn should be equally delighted to welcome him. Jack brings experience and consistency to the Nets’ roster and fills a void that was left by the loss of point guard Shaun Livingston to the Warrioirs. Last season Jack averaged a solid 9.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game. His best season came not too long ago during the 2011-2012 season as a member of the New Orleans Hornets, averaging career-highs of 15.6 points 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. The 6’3” Georgia Tech alumnus is a 9-year veteran in the NBA having played 691 career games for 6 different teams with averages of 10.9 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Karasev is a youngster out of Russia drafted by the Cavs in the 2013 draft. He is a 6’7” guard/forward in whom the Nets had been interested during the 2013 draft. The Olympic bronze medal-winning Russian national team member has been in and out of the D-League averaging 1.7 points in 7.1 minutes per game in 22 games for Cleveland and 13.5 points in 18 games for the Canton Charge of the D-League.
“Jarrett is a proven NBA veteran who will add versatility to our backcourt,” said Nets general manager Billy King. “The team had a need in that area and we are excited that we were able to secure Jarrett to fill that role. Sergey is a player who we have followed closely for several years. He is a versatile forward and will be a welcome addition to our roster.”
Sergey is a player who will need to be developed but shows some promise. He and Jack will have the ability to produce in areas in which the Nets are lacking. The loss of Thornton and Livingston may not be so terrible considering their inabilities to produce consistently during the Nets’ 2013-2014 playoff run. After a tight squeeze past the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs and a disappointing loss to the Miami Heat in round two, Nets fans are left looking for some hope. Let’s hope this move turns out to be satisfying.
The Cavaliers traded Jack in order to create cap space in the hopes that LeBron James will return home to Cleveland. James’ decision will shake up the free agency market as many free agent players are waiting to see where LeBron ends up to decide where they want to sign. LeBron has options in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, but no matter where he goes his move could have an affect on the entire league in one way or another.