Mack had the final year of his contract guaranteed by the Jazz Tuesday, Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Mack will make $2.4 million in Utah next season now that the Jazz have decided to keep the point guard who started 27 games for them last year. The team now, however, has four point guards on their roster in George Hill, Dante Exum and Raul Neto on top of Mack. George Hill is the presumed starter after they acquired him in a trade with Indiana, while Mack and the other two will fight for minutes as a backup. This will likely leave Mack with very limited minutes off the bench over the 2016-17 season.
Mack benefited from a midseason trade to Utah, after which he became the team's starting point guard and averaged just over 31 minutes during the final 28 games of the season. Mack made just 16 appearances for the Hawks this season at an average of only 6.8 minutes per game while firmly slotted behind both Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder. Utah's lack of depth at point guard clearly showed when Mack was immediately inserted into the starting five over rookie Raul Neto on Feb. 21. However, Mack's path to playing time next season becomes more convoluted since Dante Exum (knee) and Alec Burks (knee) will both be back in the mix for significant playing time at point guard. In fact, Utah holds a team option for Mack's contract next season, so there's a possibility he won't even return if the organization intends to roll with a combination of Exum, Burks, Neto, and Trey Burke.
Mack scored 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding 12 assists, four rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes during Sunday's win over the Bucks. He's proven to be an outstanding pickup for the Jazz, and Mack is now averaging 16.8 points, 8.7 assists, 5.3 boards, 2.3 threes and 0.8 steals over the last six games. Utah's also won five of those games as they make a late push for a playoff spot, so expect Mack to continue seeing big minutes down the stretch as the team's starting point guard.
Mack recorded 15 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, and a steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Bulls. Mack continues to run away with the starting point guard spot in Utah, finishing with 14-plus points for his fifth consecutive game. He's also recorded eight or more assists in four straight contests and his hit multiple threes in four of his last five. Mack continues to be a surprising source of scoring and assists.
Mack tallied 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt), 10 assists and eight rebounds over 29 minutes in Thursday's 103-69 victory over the Suns. The fifth-year pro continued his recent stretch of impressive play, posting his second consecutive double-double and fourth straight game with double-digit scoring. After an inconsistent first few games in a Jazz uniform, Mack has proven to be one of the best trade-deadline acquisitions in the league and has wrested the starting point guard job from Raul Neto. He's contributed from long range as well, now having drained at least one three in eight straight contests.
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