Miami bought out the final three seasons of Jones' contract June 30, but he told the Herald he believed there was a possibility he would return.
Jones will earn the $1 million veteran's minimum this season, combined with the $1.5 million buyout sum he is owed for the upcoming season. Not a horrible deal for Jones. Also, reportedly, Jones passed up more money elsewhere. San Antonio was reportedly looking to give him part of its $6 million mid-level exception. But he turned it down to stay in Miami. Ah, the siren song of the new-look Heat.
Why? Jones gives his reasoning:
"I still feel I have unfinished business here," Jones told the paper. "The opportunity to win a championship was too much to pass up. Hopefully, the minutes will be there and I will make teams pay."
Jones, 29, is a situational shooter by trade. He shot 41 percent from 3 last season and in seven seasons he's a career 39.5 percent shooter from distance. Obviously a ton of minutes won't be available for him playing behind Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Mike Miller, but as a specialist off the bench, he'll definitely have value for the Heat. In the report, it's noted Jones understands that is just looking for a spot to contribute.With Jones, center Jamaal Magloire and point guard Carlos Arroyo all expected re-sign with Miami, the Heat will have 13 players under contract, making them a legal NBA team. That group includes Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, rookie Dexter Pittman, Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers. Free agent Juwan Howard is also expected to sign. Not a bad looking roster by any means. Especially for a group that had two players under contract just over a week ago.