Monday July 20 2009 – 4:01am Eastern (Toronto, ON)
The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Jarrett Jack is coming to Toronto.
Mike Wells of the Star tracked down Jack and Sunday evening and the restricted free agent said the Indiana Pacers are NOT going to match the contract offer that is currently on the table from the Raptors (a reported 4 year / $20 million deal).
The Indy Star is also reporting that the Raps will hold a press conference on Tuesday to unveil their latest signing.
“It took a minute, but I was able to secure a contract for four years,” Jack said to the Star. “I’m looking forward to playing with Chris (Bosh) again. It will be like our freshman year (at Georgia Tech) all over again.”
Jack and Bosh were actually roommates in college and have remained as close friends since then.
The 6’3″ guard is coming off a carry year with the Pacers … where he averaged 13.1 PPG, 4.1 ASST, and 3.4 REB. And he says he’s leaving the Hoosier state with a heavy heart.
“I wanted to be a Pacer come next season,” Jack told the Star. “I’m indebted to coach (Jim) O’Brien for what he did for me last season. Not only him, but also (team president) Larry Bird and (general manager) David Morway. They put me in the position to play well and get a long-term contract. I’ll always be indebted to them.”
Toronto is still hoping to lure Carlos Delfino back to Toronto but there is some work to be done on that potential deal. There are rumblings that another team (in the NBA) could be in the mix for Delfino’s services as well, and the Raptors will obviously want to get a clean bill of health on the Argentinian’s sore shoulder as well. Apparently Deflino has actually been proactive with the shoulder on his own … seeking medical attention/advice that he can pass on (i.e. – a “thumbs up”) to his future employer.
And the Raps remain interested in former Raptor Rasho Nesterovic as well.
There is no real timeline on these negotiations or possible signings. Time will tell (remember it’s only July 20).
Cheap plug …
I will be co-hosting “The Game Plan” this week with Jack Armstrong. We’ll be on the air from 2:00-4:00pm … Monday-Friday on the FAN 590.