Jones signed a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Thursday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Coming off of a pair of productive seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, injuries limited Jones to just 50 games, as he finished with averages of 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting a career-low 45.2 percent from the floor. The 24-year-old remains a relatively high-upside piece, however, and he'll have a chance to reestablish himself in New Orleans, which doesn't have a ton of depth at either forward spot.
Jones was not extended a qualifying offer from the Rockets, making him an unrestricted free agent, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. After a pair of productive seasons where Jones averaged double-digit points and nearly seven rebounds per game, the 24-year-old saw a dip in production in his 2015-16 season due in large part to various injuries. Ultimately, Jones was completely out of the Rockets' rotation for the final three months of the season. Jones is still young, however, and as a solid rebounder with an offensive skill set that is still growing, he should have little trouble finding a new home for next season.
Jones (coach's decision) was inactive for Wednesday's season-ending 114-81 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the first-round series. Jones didn't see the court at all during the five-game series and has logged just one appearance since the beginning of March. While Jones opened the season in a starting role at power forward, his inconsistent play and injury issues resulted in him getting phased out by the second half of the season, with in-season acquisitions Michael Beasley and Josh Smith both eating into his court time. While the 24-year-old Jones still has some upside as a quality rebounder with the ability to occasionally knock down shots from the outside, it doesn't look like he'll reach his potential with the Rockets. Look for the team to shop him around in the offseason.
Jones (illness) remains inactive for Monday's matchup with Grizzlies, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. This will be the seventh consecutive game missed for Jones. Fortunately, he is back with the team from dealing with his upper respiratory infection, but simply remains inactive Monday. His next opportunity to return to action will be Wednesday against the Clippers. Expect an update on his status when more information becomes available.
Jones will not play Saturday against the Bulls due to illness, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Jones, who was a DNP-CD on Wednesday, sat out most of Friday's practice with an upper respiratory infection, and the team has gone ahead and ruled him out well in advance of Saturday's contest. The Kentucky product has been only a fringe-rotation player since returning from a concussion two weeks ago, and he hasn't played more than 12 minutes in any of the Rockets' last five contests.
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