Jones has agreed to a contract with the G-League's Santa Cruz Warriors, Sam Amick of USA Today reports.
Jones, the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was most recently waived by the Chinese team he signed with over the summer. He spent six years in the NBA, posting career averages of 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds across 24.0 minutes per contest. At 25-years-old, he still has time to make an NBA comeback, provided his G-League stint goes well.
Jones was waived by Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association, freelance reporter David Pick reports.
Jones signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the club in July. It's somewhat of an odd development considering he had a solid year in 2016-17 with the Pelicans and Bucks, posting 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds across 23.5 minutes per contest. As of right now, it's unclear what's next for him.
Jones signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Jones had a nice run with the Pelicans last season, appearing in 51 games and making 12 starts before being waived after the team acquired DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento. In New Orleans, Jones averaged 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in just under 25 minutes per game, but he was unable to parlay that into a consistent role with Milwaukee, by whom he was claimed off waivers in March. Jones saw action in only three games for the Bucks and unceremoniously entered the summer as an unrestricted free agent. While he likely would have been able to make an NBA roster as a near-minimum player, the 25-year-old will instead head overseas, rather than wait out the dog days of NBA free agency. Considering the CBA regular season ends in mid-February, it's possible Jones could sign with an NBA team for the final few months of the season, something that's been done by several players, including Norris Cole and Michael Beasley, in recent years.
In somewhat of a surprising decision, the Bucks will part ways with Jones less than two weeks before the end of the regular season. The team signed Jones after he was waived by New Orleans in late-February, but he failed to make an impact in Milwaukee, appearing in just three games and logging six total minutes. The 25-year-old, who has spent time with the Rockets, Pelicans and Bucks in the last calendar year, will likely turn his focus toward finding a new, more-permanent home this summer.
Jones (coach's decision) failed to play in Monday's 112-98 win over the 76ers.
It was expected that after signing with the team Saturday, Jones would immediately factor into the Bucks' rotation plans with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season and Michael Beasley (knee) still sidelined, but apparently coach Jason Kidd isn't comfortable with using the big man just yet. Though the Bucks were leading by 23 points entering the fourth quarter, Kidd was reluctant to turn to Jones, leaning more heavily on Mirza Teletovic instead. While Jones shouldn't be written off entirely in deeper formats, those in leagues with active waiver wires won't need to grow too attached to him if his role fails to grow in the Bucks' subsequent contests.
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