Earlier this afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Damon Jones will serve as head coach during the upcoming NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada. As most Cavs fans know, coach Jones is currently an assistant under head coach Tyronn Lue.
Coach Jones, 40, just wrapped up his first full-time season on the bench as an assistant with the Cavs — a team he once played for.
According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, the Cavs will likely be sending two players from their NBA roster to compete in this year’s Summer League tournament: Kay Felder and Edy Tavares. The remaining roster spots will probably be filled by players from Cleveland’s G-League affiliate team, the Canton Charge.
This is a great opportunity for an equally great guy. Coach Jones, who often plays the role of shooting instructor for the Cavs, is both well-liked and well-respected in the locker room. Beyond that, coach Jones can offer the younger players in competition a unique perspective on the game, as he played in the NBA for 13 seasons.
This year’s NBA Summer League festivities will run from July 7th through 17th, with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and NBA TV having broadcast coverage.