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Should the Kings claim Jarrett Jack off waivers?

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The Brooklyn Nets announced today that they have requested waivers on veteran guard Jarrett Jack.  Jack is recovering from an ACL injury suffered back in January and this move will save Brooklyn about $6 million as Jack only has $500,000 of his contract guaranteed for next season.

So where do the Kings come into all this?  Well now that Jack is on waivers, any team with cap room can claim him.  The worse a team's record, the higher the waiver priority (so the 76ers would basically have first dibs).  The Kings, of course, have a gaping hole in the backcourt and could use some help there.  The Point Guard options available in Free Agency aren't great, and acquiring a proven veteran like Jack to help out for a year at what will be a bargain cost (compared to the money most free agents will see this summer) might be worth looking into.

The only real downside to acquiring Jack is that it's $6.3 million less to spend this summer, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a bad thing given that the free agent class isn't necessarily that strong and the huge cap increase means we're going to see a lot of overpriced contracts.

This seems like a low-risk move that could help the Kings next year, and his $6.3 million expiring contract could be useful in trades later on in the year as well.  What do you guys think?