Warriors Acquire Veteran Guard Jarrett Jack From New Orleans Hornets
Golden State Sends Forward Dorell Wright To Philadelphia 76ers As Part Of Three-Team Deal
Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets as part of a three-team trade, it was announced this evening. As part of the deal, the Warriors send forward Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also receive center Darryl Watkins from New Orleans, while the Hornets receive the draft rights to forward Edin Bavcic from Philadelphia.
Jack, 28, is coming off his best NBA season, one in which he appeared in 45 games (39 starts) for New Orleans and averaged career-highs of 15.6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 34.0 minutes per game. A team captain for the Hornets, Jack shot 45.6% from the field, 34.8% from three-point range and a career-high 87.2% from the free throw line, which ranked 11th in the NBA. The 6’3” guard scored 20-or-more points on 11 occasions, dished out eight-or-more assists 16 times and would have ranked 13th in the NBA in assists per game had he appeared in enough games to qualify. Additionally, he posted five point/assist double-doubles on the season, including a triple-double against the Warriors on March 21, recording 17 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and 11 assists (with zero turnovers).
A seven-year NBA veteran, Jack owns career averages of 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists over 532 career regular-season games combined with Portland, Indiana, Toronto and New Orleans. He appeared in 79-or-more games in each of his first six NBA seasons (including every game from 2007-08 to 2010-11) prior to missing 21 games this past season. A native of Fort Washington, Maryland, he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft after playing three seasons at Georgia Tech.
"We’re extremely pleased to acquire a player the quality of Jarrett Jack to help supplement our backcourt," said Warriors’ General Manager Bob Myers. "One of our goals this off-season was to improve our depth at various positions and we think we accomplished that task with this trade. Jarrett recently completed his most productive season in the NBA and, in addition to providing us with additional veteran leadership, his ability to run an offense, score and a variety of other things will be a tremendous asset. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Dorell Wright for his contributions to our team the last two years. He was a complete professional both on and off the floor and someone that I have a great deal of admiration for as a player and person."
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Wright, 26, appeared in 61 games (all starts) last season with Golden State, averaging 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.0 minutes. Originally selected by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft (19th overall), he spent the first six years of his NBA career in Miami before signing as a free agent with the Warriors prior to the 2010-11 campaign. In his initial season with the Warriors, the 6’9” forward averaged career-high figures in scoring (16.4), rebounds (5.3) and assists (3.0) and ranked first in the NBA in three-point field goals made (194). Overall for his career, the Los Angeles native has appeared in 354 regular-season games, averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.