James Jones Announces Return To Cavs
After re-signing Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert, and LeBron James to start free agency as well as the signing of Mo Williams, the Cavs have set their eyes on some of the remaining free agents.
While deals with Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, and J.R. Smith are up in the air, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com is reporting that Jones will return to the Cavs next season. A league source has confirmed for Vardon that the Cavs will bring back Jones, a player who hasn’t left LeBron James’ side since he joined the Heat back in 2010.
“I’ll be back in Cleveland for sure.
“I’ve made it well known last year when I told them I was coming to help change the culture and do something special,” Jones said. “It wasn’t a situation where I was looking for a platform to move on. I was looking to be a part of something, to build something. And so I’m still in.”
Jones, who played in just 57 games this past regular season, played in all 20 postseason games and averaged 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds as the backup small forward. The 12-year veteran would qualify to earn the veteran’s minimum salary of $1.5 million, which won’t affect the Cavs very badly.
Stay tuned to see if the Cavs will work out a deal with Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, and J.R. Smith.