OAKLAND CA - JANUARY 26: Jarrett Jack #2 of the New Orleans Hornets dribbles around Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 26 2011 in Oakland California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
For those lamenting that the Golden State Warriors shipped off Dorell Wright for next to nothing in return, Marc Stein's report (via Twitter) that they have acquired Jarrett Jack as part of that deal could be exactly what you want to hear.
This is definitely a positive change to the deal first reported yesterday with fuzzy details about the Warriors trading Dorell Wright for an overseas prospect that turned out to be Bosnian Edin Bavcic.
In Jack, the Warriors get a player to fill a need instead of simply clearing cap room in hopes of eventually doing so.
The 6'3" veteran point guard averaged 15.6 points per game and 6.8 assists (compared to 2.4 turnovers per game) in 45 games for the New Orleans Hornets last season. While the fact that he is in the final year of his contract (as noted by SportsNOLA.com) makes sense for a Warriors team with little salary cap room, his immediate value to the Warriors on the court should be clear.
Jack is an efficient distributor who brings the Warriors the type of depth they needed at point guard behind Stephen Curry or in place of the Warriors' star should he struggle with ankle injuries again this season. To get a point guard as efficient as Jack in return for Wright - whom the Warriors didn't need as much given three other options at the small forward spot - is an excellent move for the Warriors to balance their roster.
The move also makes the Warriors inability to attract a free agent guard far less "troubling" than what CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz described yesterday - with the Warriors using Wright to address their need for depth at point guard, the Warriors can now turn their full attention to acquiring an interior rebounding presence through free agency.
For some of us here at GSoM, that was the logic all along: trading Wright for a productive reserve point guard would probably be much harder than moving him in exchange for a comparable post.
It's hard not to see this as an outstanding move for the Warriors, even if it's not as splashy as signing a star like Brandon Roy or selling the farm for a superstar.
How do you grade this trade? Vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments.
How do you grade the Warriors trading Dorell Wright for Jarrett Jack?
A - Really improves the Warriors (1481 votes)
B (904 votes)
C - Lateral move (256 votes)
D (21 votes)
F - Hurts the Warriors (67 votes)
2729 total votes