Sunday , Jul , 12 , 2009 Oly Sandor

How Jarrett Jack helps Toronto Raptors

Today, Toronto reportedly inked restricted free agent Jarrett Jack to a four-year, $20 million pact. Before the talented combo guard can officially become a Raptor, his old team, the Indiana Pacers, have a week to match the offer. They probably won’t. In the new NBA of haves and have-nots, the Pacers lack the resources to spend $5 million on a reserve. And Indiana’s loss will likely be Toronto’s gain …

How Jarrett Jack helps Toronto Raptors



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Their News: "According to multiple sources, the Raptors have extended an offer sheet to Indiana Pacers’ restricted free agent guard Jarrett Jack. The offer is reportedly going to be made formally Sunday or Monday, at which point the Pacers have seven days to match." (TSN.ca)

Our Very Quick Analysis: GM Bryan Colangelo continues the makeover.

Today, Toronto reportedly inked restricted free agent Jarrett Jack to a four-year, $20 million pact. Before the talented combo guard can officially become a Raptor, his old team, the Indiana Pacers, have a week to match the offer.

They probably won’t.

In today’s NBA of haves and have-nots, the Pacers lack the resources to spend $5 million on a reserve. Even a top reserve like Jack. So Indiana’s loss will likely be Toronto’s gain.

The Raptors now have a formidable one-two punch at point guard. Calderon is a pass-first table-setter, while Jack has the size and ability to get to the hoop. Also, Calderon needs a strong back-up like Jack to keep his minutes down and preserve his health for an entire season.

He improves Toronto’s depth, athleticism, and toughness. Jack has the skill-set to play off-guard and physical tools to defend the perimeter. Most importantly, the Georgia Tech alum is an intense competitor and won’t tolerate losing.

Jack is the latest example of Colangelo overhauling the roster. Over the summer, he extended Andrea Bargnani, drafted DeMar DeRozan, signed free agent Hedo Turkoglu, and traded for Devean George and Antonie Wright. With or without Bosh (beyond 2010), the Raptors should be fine.

The changes won’t stop with Jack. Expect Colangelo to make additional moves as part of the makeover.

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