Golden State Warriors: What Does Signing Jarrett Jack Signal?

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJuly 15, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 08:  Jarrett Jack #2 of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball around Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at New Orleans Arena on February 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Maybe Joe Lacob and Peter Guber were onto something when they added Bob Myers as their new GM.

Myers, a former agent, has been making one prudent decision after another with moves that are smart in the long and short-term.

Drafting Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green gave the Warriors a potential All-Star in Barnes and two solid role players in the future.

However, his smartest maneuver might have been trading for Jarrett Jack (via ESPN).

Jack is one of the more underrated point guards in the league, averaging 15.6 points and 6.3 assists as the starter in New Orleans.

He can be the starter on a playoff team and has the ability to lead an offense effectively.

Acquiring Jack simply means one thing for the Warriors: management is trying to win now.

With two young wings in Klay Thompson and Barnes, Golden State has ample scoring for the future. In addition, they have a solid big man duo in David Lee and Andrew Bogut.

Oh yeah, they also have Stephen Curry, who has the potential to be a real superstar in this league

This team, when healthy with Jack, has the ability to make the playoffs as soon as next season. What does the Jack acquisition mean for Curry?

Well, for the first time in the NBA, the pressure is on the former Davidson star.

It has been a difficult road for Curry so far in the league. First, his growth was stunted by the inefficient ways of Monta Ellis.

After this period, he could not stay healthy and has had lingering ankle issues that kept him out of most of this past season.

Quite frankly, Curry needs to step up. I know that he can't be blamed for his injury struggles, but he is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract.

With the way that free agency is operating, he will probably get a maximum contract from a bottom-feeder team looking to strike it rich.

The question is, will the Warriors agree to a long-term and expensive Stephen Curry contract when they have an able point guard in Jarrett Jack?

Time will tell. If Jack is able to maintain a 16-6 average and lead the Warriors to the playoffs while Curry is sidelined with ankle troubles, Golden State might cut their losses if their former first round pick signs an exorbitant offer sheet.