Yesterday, word came down the wire stating that the NBA’s defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers had decided to waive defensive specialist DeAndre Liggins. Initial reports indicated that the Cavs had intentions of filling their newly-created open roster spot with Dahntay Jones. Today, ESPN’s Chris Haynes confirmed that the Cavs will indeed sign the 36-year-old veteran.
Cleveland Cavaliers will indeed sign veteran wing Dahntay Jones with final roster opening, league source tells ESPN. @Chris_Reichert first.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 11, 2017
Most Cavs fans will remember Jones from last year’s run for the title. As it was, he played a pivotal role in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. A 6’6″ swingman, Jones will bring leadership, energy off the bench, and an element of toughness to the Cavaliers’ rotation.
Jones is well-liked by several members of the Cavaliers organization, including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, so this move should come as no surprise. He has spent the majority of his time off working out in Cleveland, staying in shape for this very moment.