Keep ‘em coming: James Jones signs with Cavs

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While Ray Allen deliberates his future, James Jones has reportedly jumped ahead of him in former members of the Miami Heat to join LeBron James in Cleveland.

Jones appeared in only 20 games for the Heat last season, averaging 4.9 points in 11.8 minutes of action, but he is a very close friend of James, both players’ respective families vacationing together as recent as this past summer. The 6-foot-8-inch space-creating swingman would likely just provide depth behind James and recent addition Mike Miller, allowing the four-time All-Star to potentially slide to the ‘stretch 4′ position with David Blatt at the helm.

It’s clear that the Cavs are pinpointing players who are not just friends with James, but those who can create the space needed for the Cavs’ offense to thrive. Jones led the NBA lasts season in catch-and-shoot situations, hitting 52 percent of his attempts. This past May, James went to bat for Jones, pleading for the three-point specialist to receive more playing time.

“It’s the space that he provides, and his ability to shoot the ball,” said LeBron. “You can’t do both when he’s out on the floor: You can’t help on my drive and try to contest the threes.”

Jones fielded offers from Golden State, Washington, New Orleans and Miami before choosing Cleveland. Your move, Ray. Everybody’s doing it.

  • mgbode
  • saggy

    linguistics are an amazing thing. And the world’s lexicon is growing rapidly. But I am not sure what milk toast is. Is that like French toast, where you have milk, egg, and toast?

    Of course, i hope you don’t respond too harshly because it will make me sad. You see, i’m a bit of a milquetoast.

  • mgbode

    i don’t know many instances where you compare the past to the present rather than the present to the past.

  • eldaveablo

    You are definitely drinking because you didn’t mention Jan Vesely.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • Pat Leonard

    Eleventy?

  • Pat Leonard

    But this is exactly how the Heat won their two titles… mostly small ball with Bosh as the center.

  • Harv 21

    meh? BEHOLD THE POWER!! (accessing my inner Richard Daugherty). Guys want to play for coaches, or historic franchises, or in cool cities. But show me a precedent for players pledging fealty to a guy, wherever he goes.

    APPEASE THE GREAT AND MIGHTY BRON. CHUCK 30% OF YOUR HIGHEST OFFER INTO THE FIERY VOLCANO. HANG UP ON YOUR AGENT, DISTRACT YOUR WIFE, AND SEARCH TRAVELOCITY FOR HOPKINS.

    Be part of the brotherhood
    Yes it’s chain lightning, it feels so good.

  • nj0
  • Clown Baby

    Yes Harv, past-prime players taking less money (in Miller’s case, you’ll have to show me the other offers Jones passed up) to go ring-chasing was invented this day, July 16th, 2014.

  • Clown Baby

    Yeah, I’d take 2 championships. Exactly.

  • dwhit110

    Crowding the backcourt?

    Someone doesn’t realize that it’s easier to score the closer you are to the basket and that’s where the crowding takes place.

  • Harv 21

    salty clown, today. Again, what’s new is chasing a single player, who has just arrived in a place with the league’s stinkiest record over the last 4 years. It’s not like going to Dallas where the stars have already gathered, or to SA with a non-stop run of 15 years and a legendary coach, or joining two hall of famers and a HOF coach like Jordan and Pippin and Phil. I’m acknowledging the historic magnetic power of a single player. May I do that?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Lets hope all the new shooters mean another deal is being pursued. Namely Waiters/Bennett/pick(s) to Memphis for Marc Gasol.

  • Clown Baby

    No! I just don’t see the this as LeBron running the franchise nor do I think it’s revolutionary that guys are chasing rings. I’m enjoying actually.

  • Richard Daugherty

    Good point, but they’ve just begun…

  • Richard Daugherty

    lol, never!

  • Richard Daugherty

    This year Duncan told Bosh that he WAS his father and the force was w/ Duncan.

  • Richard Daugherty

    Now your talking!

  • Richard Daugherty

    Yes, I mean their crowding the backcourt w/ these signings, trust me, it is about being close to the basket.

  • Richard Daugherty

    we could of afforded him if we stopped signing Bron’s old buddies!

  • WFNY_DP

    Ray Allen is going to retire, move to Hawaii, have a couple of kids who grow up to be Olympic champions. 400 meter individual medley. He thinks it ought to be real big by then.

  • WFNY_DP

    Reminds me of when Manny Ramirez wanted to go to Boston in 2000, but only if they hired the guy that set up the pitching machines in Cleveland too.

  • WFNY_DP

    Well, where *else* would you eat it?

  • mgbode

    Had the girl picked out too, but wasn’t smart enough to hold onto her. Alternate on the ’80 Olympic team.

  • mgbode

    They have had a top-flight team assembled the past 4 seasons and it has not delivered them a championship (yet) despite an unprecedented run in the NBA draft (considering Presti was with SA in the 00’s too, he is rightfully considered the best there).

    Regardless, there is more than 1 way to win. Having brutes doesn’t guarantee anything (M.Gasol+Z.Randolph). Having non-quality brutes also doesn’t help.

    I do agree we need a paint-scorer and rim-protector, but, man, this FA class is really, really weak there.

  • WFNY_DP

    In all seriousness, I’m sure the guys here linked to this last month, but if you haven’t read the Slate piece on Delonte, it’s worth it. A great, great read.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2014/06/delonte_west_he_was_branded_as_crazy_and_became_the_subject_of_a_vicious.html

  • Pat Leonard

    No, as I stated above that has not been a factor. Please read what I wrote… that’s not how the salary cap works in the NBA. Jason Smith signed for more than the Cavs had available for either Mike Miller or James Jones. You don’t combine the salaries for “Bron’s old buddies”, that’s not how it works… the Cavs have as many veteran minimum slots to offer as they want. That’s what James Jones got. They had one Room Exception slot, that was for about $2.7 million per year. That’s what Mike Miller got. Jason Smith signed for over $3 million… there was no slot that the Cavs had available where they could have given Smith that much. He was not an option to be signed.

  • Jason Hurley

    Thank you for being the one to say it…

  • mgbode

    It is a great read, but, man, it ignores a ton of stuff. There are lots of reasons that Mark Cuban washed his hands of Delonte (after trying to get him help multiple times while he was there).

    I love Delonte, I think he’s hilarious and absolutely should have a media job. But, he has had opportunities to get back into the league and this article seems to brush over the negative. Probably warranted for West to have an article slanted his way though as most were slanted the other way.

    Regardless, always loved what he brought to our team and hope he has found a good place in his life.

  • Harv 21

    my fantasy is that he returns here. Can’t shake the memory of him as the toughest guy in big games, totally unafraid of the moment. I understand that he’s “high maintenance” but the league is filled with physical talent, and not so filled with guys who bring their absolute best when it’s on the line.

    On the other hand, I don’t have to wake him up, pull him off a writer or a bell hop … and can only imagine if Delonte and Dion didn’t hit it off.