Seven days later, and Jarrett Jack can finally start packing his bags without any worry.
Signing a 4-year deal at $20 million, the 25 year old combo guard will be calling Toronto his new home after a career year playing for Indiana last season. As a restricted free agent, he had signed an offer sheet on July 13, giving the Pacers seven days to match. And so for a week, Raptors nation held their breaths. For the most part, fans felt the possible addition of Jack would turn this into the best offseason in Raptors’ history.
Fast forward to the ACC on this fine Tuesday afternoon, and Jarrett Jack found himself being introduced to Toronto’s media. Quick and to the point, the press conference provided Jack a podium to pitch his potential value to this team Raptor team.
Jarrett brings a number of intangibles to the table. His versatility (able to play both guard positions) and his durability (has missed only 6 games in his career) are two aspects Toronto has always seemed to be lacking. One also can’t ignore the fact that Jarrett Jack shares a close relationship with Chris Bosh. With the possibility of Bosh leaving in 2010, bringing in one of his best friends should play at least somewhat of a role in CB’s final decision. At the end of the day, regardless of how productive JJ can be, this can certainly be viewed as a good fit for T.O.
With the Jack situation out of the way, Bryan Colangelo and company can now move forward with filling out the rest of the roster. Rumoured names include Rasho Nesterovic and Carlos Delfino. Check back tomorrow for a more detailed opinion of mine in regards to what was said at Jack’s PC.
– The Salute