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Jarrett Jack will be back.
He wants to be back, per his quote to Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson after the Warriors were eliminated by the Spurs:
I hope so, man. Obviously there are other things that go into seeing if that works—we all know this is a business at the end of the day. If I could do it, if I could rearrange it, I would definitely be back at this same locker.
The Warriors need him back too.
Golden State paid Jack $5.4 million for one year after receiving him in a three-team trade that involved former Warrior swingman Dorell Wright. Jack was a steal for general manager Bob Myers. The 29-year-old averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists in 29.7 minutes per game off the bench.
The Warriors are Jack's fifth team, and he seems to have found a home as a positive veteran voice inside the Warriors' locker room. In the playoffs, Jack shot 50.6 percent for 17.2 points and 4.7 assists per game.
What makes Jack even more valuable is what he means to Curry. Jack finished the majority of Warriors games handling the ball at point guard, allowing Curry to move through screens to his spots around the arc.
Jack assisted to Curry on 98 baskets this season, the most of any other Warrior.
Looking at salary cap space for next season, if Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush exercise their player options, the team will be just beneath the anticipated luxury tax line of around $70 million.
Whether or not Jack returns will depend partially on what happens with Carl Landry. Landry has a $4 million player option, and he can certainly be paid more by opting to become an unrestricted free agent. Weighing team chemistry against a more lucrative contract is making this a difficult decision for the veteran forward.
If Landry were to return, the Warriors would already be over the luxury tax line and opting to keep Jack becomes a bigger decision as the new collective bargaining agreement nails teams over the mark.
However, if Landry doesn't return as expected, the Warriors could re-sign Jack in the $6 million range over multiple years. With the return of Rush, who averaged 9.8 points on 50 percent shooting in 26.4 minutes per game for the Warriors in 2011-12, the Warriors would have incredible backcourt depth.
The frontcourt would become thinner, but a full season from a healthy Andrew Bogut would offset that. Trades to create more salary space is another option for the Warriors to explore.
But Jack was vital to the Warriors success this past season, and he created the perfect change-up to Curry. He should return for 2013-14.