Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack’s status for Saturday’s rematch against the host Los Angeles Clippers is uncertain.
Jack said he was lifting weights Thursday and hurt his right elbow. Said he felt tightness after doing some presses, and it was bad enough to keep him out practice on Friday.
JACK: “I’m going to ice it, take an anti-inflammatory and see what happens.”
When I asked him if he would play, he said “I hope so.” He said he will test it out Saturday to see if he can play. That would be a big blow to the Warriors, who have come to rely on Jack, especially down the stretch.
But he’s from D.C., so there’s a good chance he’ll get his RGIII on and play anyway.
* It is unlikely rookie guard Kent Bazemore will be waived. January 10 is the day non-guaranteed contracts become guaranteed. Bazemore is the only Warrior who doesn’t have a guaranteed contract and, being slightly over the luxury tax threshold, Golden State could save twice the money by releasing Bazemore before guarantee date.
But a team source said the Warriors like Bazemore and thinks he has a future in this league, so he will likely have his contract guaranteed for the remainder of the year.
Cutting Bazemore wouldn’t get the Warriors out of the tax zone. Golden State is more than $900,000 over and Bazemore is owed less than $300,000 the rest of this season.
The only way for the Warriors to get under the tax is to pull off a trade that cuts nearly a million dollars off their salary cap figure. Since that’s the case, the source said the Warriors might as well keep a player they like.
The source said the Warriors aren’t desperate to get under the luxury tax. The money isn’t a problem since Golden State is not even a million over (and they would only have to pay dollar-for-dollar this season). They would lose the bi-annual exception but they would still get a smaller mid-level exception ($3.18 million next season instead of the $5.15 million for non-tax teams), which doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem for the Warriors.
If they stay over the tax, the Warriors will only be able to take in 125% of the salary they send out in a trade (instead of up to 150% for non-tax teams). And the Warriors would lose sign-and-trade privileges.
Even if they wanted to void those ramifications, waiving Bazemore wouldn’t do it. So expect him to see him for a while, keeping it hype on the bench.