Rumored to be in the works for days, James Jones has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a one-year deal, as reported by James Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (via Twitter):
#Cavs have signed James Jones to one year deal for league minimum, source tells the Beacon Journal
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 16, 2014
Jones was a fan-favorite in Miami, having played collegiately at the University of Miami and serving as a boost – although infrequently – off the Heat’s bench for the past six seasons. Cleveland will be Jones’ fifth NBA team, having played for the Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns.
Jones averaged just under 5 points per game in 20 appearances for the Heat last season. Although largely seen as a one-dimensional player, his shooting was world-class. He has made 40% of his 3-point attempts throughout his 11-year career.
Jones joins another former Heat player – Mike Miller – in LeBron James’ quest to bring a championship to the Cavs. Both veterans are savvy, smart players that, while limited, can be productive contributors as either reserves or in a starting role.
More importantly, it seems that this move has more to do with James’ growing dissatisfaction with Miami’s front office over the past few months. Rumors swirl that James was unhappy with Heat president Pat Riley’s decision to waive Miller and that head coach Erik Spoelstra did not give Jones significant playing time.
Following this past season James Jones and his family vacationed with LeBron James, as well as Ray Allen.
While Allen is said to be considering retirement, perhaps he’ll join in the continuing exodus to Miami.
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