Despite a very solid season by Nate Robinson in 2012, Golden State traded for Jarrett Jack over the summer and elected to let Nate-Rob take his talents to the Windy City. Both Robinson and Jack have excelled on their new teams, and at least in the case of Jack there's a growing feeling that the Warriors will have to find a way to resign him this summer.
Jack has been huge for the Warriors all season long, but has taken it upon himself to raise his level of play even further in recent weeks. His leadership, experience and willingness to take the big shot time and time again are things Golden State hasn't had a whole lot of in recent years (aside from Robinson a season ago).
Jack is earning $5.58 million this season, the final year of his deal, and will certainly be a coveted free agent after the season after proving his value with the Warriors.
The question is how much he'll be able to demand on the open market, and whether Golden State will be able to come up with a suitable offer; the Warriors are already projected to be several million over the luxury tax line next season, and if anything they'll be looking for ways to reduce their payroll so resigning Jack may not be as much of a slam dunk as some around the Bay Area think.
Here's more from ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan, who today lists Jack as one of the top 30 free agents in 2013.
"The only reserve player (judged as more than 50 percent of appearances were off the bench) in the NBA to average 10-plus points and five-plus assists per game, Jack has been a pivotal part of the Golden State revival this season, bringing offensive punch and toughness off the bench. Andre Miller ($4.8 million a year) is the only other backup point guard to average at least five assists per game, but his final year is only partially guaranteed. A fully guaranteed offer of $13.5 million over three years will pay Jack less than Miller, but guarantee him more dollars. The Warriors are up against the tax threshold, so some tough decisions will need to be made if they want to keep Jack."