Sacramento Kings Reportedly Pursuing Jarrett Jack Trade with Cleveland Cavs

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2014

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Those Sacramento Kings are at it again.

After pawning Marcus Thornton's contract off on the Brooklyn Nets, ESPN's Marc Stein says the Kings are attempting to broker a Jason Thompson-Jarrett Jack swap with the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Sources close to the talks told that the Kings are in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a trade that would bring veteran point guard Jarrett Jack to Sacramento in exchange for Jason Thompson.

But sources stressed Wednesday night that the Cavs would likely go ahead with the trade only if they could find a third team willing to absorb Thompson's contract, which runs for two more guaranteed seasons after this one at nearly $12.5 million.

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1:05 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Pretty much every team is out of the picture for Jack now, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger:

You mean to tell me teams weren't interested in acquiring an erratic-shooting point guard who can't really run an offense and is owed significant money potentially through 2016-17? Well, this is certainly a surprise.


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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1:05 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

With the Kings seemingly out of the picture,'s David Aldridge says a new suitor for Jack has emerged:

The Minnesota Timberwolves would be an interesting landing spot, though you have to wonder if the universe can handle having J.J. Barea and Jack on the same team.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Sam Amick of USA Today says talks between the Kings and Cavs are now dead:

On the Sacramento-Cleveland front, I'm told the Jarrett Jack-for-Jason Thompson deal first reported by is on life support. The initial report indicated that the Cavs wanted a third team to send Thompson to, and apparently they're finding that extraordinarily difficult.

Thompson is most certainly a deal-breaker now that the Cavs acquired Spencer Hawes, so unless he can be rerouted to a third team, write this one off.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11:10 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Don't bank on Jack being traded says The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade:

This is hardly surprising, given that the Cavs just acquired Spencer Hawes and have even less of a need for Thompson than they did before.

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Jack would be a nice addition to Sacramento's backcourt, since it doesn't really have anyone to split point guard duties with Isaiah Thomas.

Greivis Vasquez was shipped to the Toronto Raptors earlier this season, and head coach Mike Malone hasn't shown a lot of faith in Jimmer Fredette, who is more of an undersized 2-guard.

Cleveland doesn't appear onboard with any deal unless it can reroute Thompson, whose contract spans through 2016-17 (like Jack's). Though the final year of his deal isn't guaranteed, the Cavs have little use for Thompson with Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson and, to a lesser extent, Anthony Bennett already on the roster.

Trimming payroll also seems to be more of a focus for Cleveland. Per ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Cavs have already made Luol Deng, whom they acquired from the Chicago Bulls in January, available in all trade talks.

Previously, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk also linked the Nets to a potential Jack deal:

With Jason Terry having already been shipped off to the Kings, per ESPN's Youngmisuk and Stein, Brooklyn is likely out of the running, which limits Cleveland's market substantially. 

In anticipation of trading Jack, though, the Cavaliers have already started exploring other possibilities.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd, they've inquired about the New Orleans Pelicans' Pierre Jackson, the 5'10" NBA D-League sensation who has yet to sign a contract with the team that drafted him. As a high-scoring guard with underrated court vision, he could be a solid (and cheaper) replacement for Jack.

But the Cavs must trade Jack first, which isn't going to be easy, especially if they're unwilling to take back any salary.

"Unreasonable" wouldn't be the word used to describe Jack's contract, but it is lengthy, and he is struggling one year after a strong season with the Golden State Warriors. He also hasn't been a ray of shining light and good vibrations.

"It's unacceptable," Jack said of the Cavaliers' effort against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month, via The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer.

With any luck, maybe the Cavs find a deal for Jack acceptable enough to, well, accept.