8. Jarrett Jack to the Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are going to be in the hunt for one of the last playoff spots in the West if they can stay healthy, and that is a big “if.” Adding a seventh-year veteran like Jack to back-up the fragile Steph Curry is a great move. In 45 games with the Hornets last season, Jack averaged 15.6 PPG, 6.3 APG, and 3.9 RPG. Although Jack isn’t likely going to be that point guard to lead his team to a championship (is Curry, though?), he will provide much-needed consistency off the bench. For someone who doesn’t fill up the stat sheet with big numbers or have a very flashy style of play, you still find yourself respecting Jack for some reason, as an old-school, low-flying guy. He just plays tough. Something that Golden State lacks with a backcourt of Curry and Klay Thompson.
7. Landry Fields to the Toronto Raptors
After making some noise in his rookie season, Fields went through somewhat of a sophomore slump with the Knicks. The most relevance Fields experienced last season was being one of two people in New York City who let Jeremy Lin sleep on his couch. The two-year man out of Stanford signed a three-year/$20 million offer sheet with the Raptors, which believe it or not, was not matched by the Knicks (sarcasm). Fields went out and got himself a big boy deal, ladies and gentlemen. My favorite reaction to the Raptors offer was from Bill Simmons when he tweeted, “Landry Fields to his agent: ‘Wait… did you say 2 million or 20 million? Because honestly, I’ll take either. I don’t care’” Where Fields will fit in with the jumpshooter DeMar DeRozan and eighth overall pick Terrence Ross is unclear, but I do expect an improved year from Fields this season. His production took the deepest fall after Carmelo Anthony showed up in NYC, and the pressure of playing in the Big Apple while slumping probably isn’t the easiest of situations. Now he’s in Toronto and new coach Dwane Casey will probably give him the green light on offense. I like him in Toronto, just not the price they paid for him.