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Jack said he is open to coming off the bench or starting alongside Deron Williams and helping Williams in any way that he can.
“I think I can be someone who can kind of relieve Deron at times, you know the ball-handling responsibilities,” Jack said in a conference call with reporters. “A person that is trying to create opportunities for myself or for my teammates.”
Jack, 30, is thrilled to be joining the Nets. Brooklyn sent Marcus Thornton to Boston and the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic to Cleveland.
In return for helping Cleveland clear needed cap space for the possibility of landing LeBron James, the Nets get Jack and Russian prospect Sergey Karasev. The Nets were high on Karasev in the 2013 draft. Karasev went 19th overall and the Nets drafted Mason Plumlee with the 22nd pick in that draft.
Brooklyn has had its eyes on Jack since before the trading deadline from this past season. The Nets envisioned Jack as a combo guard who could hit big shots and deliver scoring punch off the bench while also providing the team with insurance in the case that Livingston departs. Livingston agreed to a deal with Golden State at the start of free agency.
Jack averaged 15.6 points and 6.3 assists for New Orleans in 45 games during 2011-’12. The next season in Golden State, Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists. He stepped up in the postseason for the Warriors, averaging 17.2 points in 12 playoff games in 2012-’13.
But last season in Cleveland, Jack’s numbers dropped to 9.5 points and 4.1 assists per game.
“You know, in certain situations you’re asked to do certain things, and in other situations you aren’t,” Jack explained. “I was more of a facilitator and had less scoring punch than I was accustomed to being and I think that was more so the cause of it than anything.”
Jack says he is ready to do whatever new coach Lionel Hollins wants him to do.
“I’m definitely trying to go out there and compete for a job,” Jack said. “And whether that’s being in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, I’ll be happy to fit in any way possible.”
“I’m tremendously excited,” Jack added. “There’s a lot of guys I have admired from afar that I can be teammates with now. I think that’s the most intriguing part. But I definitely think we have the potential to do some damage in the East and make some noise, and be the force that people expected Brooklyn to be last year.”
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