Jones announced Wednesday that he has retired from professional basketball and will join the Suns to serve as the team's the vice president of basketball operations, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports.
Jones largely made a 14-year career out of being a three-point marksman, finishing with a 40.1 percent mark from distance while averaging 5.2 points per game. Arguably his best season as a player came during the 2005-06 season with Phoenix, when he averaged 9.3 points across 23.6 minutes per game. He was also lauded for his positive locker-room presence and was a favorite teammate of LeBron James, who he spent the last seven seasons with in either Miami and Cleveland. Jones will take what he learned from the court and locker room and try and apply those skills to a front-office position.
Jones will move back to the bench for Monday's game against the Heat, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Jones received the starting nod on Saturday with LeBron James (rest) and Kyrie Irving (rest) taking the night off, but with both James and Irving back in action Monday, Jones will revert to his usual bench role.
Jones will start at power forward in Saturday's tilt against the Heat, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Jones will be making his second start of the season for Cleveland. He's averaging just 3.0 points and 0.6 rebounds in his 7.2 minutes per game this season, but he'll likely receive a larger minute load while in the starting lineup.
Jones contributed 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block over 23 minutes in Saturday's 117-99 loss to the Bulls.
With LeBron James (illness) missing Saturday's contest, Jones saw his most extensive allotment of playing time since Dec. 14. He compiled a serviceable stat line in relatively short order thanks to his trademark three-point marksmanship, equaling his second-best scoring total of the season in the process. Despite the encouraging outing, Jones' minutes are likely to be right back in the single digits if James returns Monday against the Bucks.
Coach Tyronn Lue indicated Tuesday that Jones could end up seeing some time as the starting power forward while Kevin Love (love) remains out for the next six weeks, Cavaliers radio play-by-play broadcaster John Michael reports.
Lue has already named Channing Frye as the starter at the position for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, but it appears the Cavs may opt to alter their lineup game to game based on matchups during Love's absence. Even if Jones finds his way into the starting lineup when the Cavs face smaller teams, he's unlikely to see major minutes or usage in those scenarios. The 36-year-old is averaging 2.8 points in 6.9 minutes per game over 33 appearances this season and would likely be little more than a placeholder in the starting five.
Jones provided two points (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-5 FT) and three rebounds across 14 minutes in a 116-112 loss to the Kings on Wednesday.
Jones made a spot start Jan. 19 against the Suns when Kevin Love (back) missed a contest, but fell out of the rotation for the following two games when Love was active. Richard Jefferson's (personal) absence Wednesday opened a rotation spot back up for Jones, but if the Cavaliers have Jefferson back in time for Friday's tilt with the Nets, Jones' minutes could dry up again.
Jones will start at power forward for Thursday's game against the Suns, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Kevin Love is dealing with a sore back and has been ruled out Thursday, so Jones will enter the starting five in his place. Jones should see a significant boost in minutes, although he'll likely split the added time with Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, which could limit Jones' overall impact on the box score.
Jones played one minute in a 120-108 win over the Kings on Friday, recording one rebound and no other statistics.
Jones has been an inconsistent member of coach Tyronn Lue's rotation this season, and even though he's appeared in each of the last three games, he's accumulated only nine minutes. With the Cavaliers reasonably healthy on the wing and covering for the extended absence of J.R. Smith (thumb) with the acquisition of Kyle Korver earlier in the week, it's difficult to envision Jones holding a meaningful role off the bench at any point during the second half of the season.
Jones managed 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 93-85 loss to the Grizzlies.
With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love all getting held out for rest, Jones was able to establish new season highs in scoring, rebounds and minutes. The 36-year-old is still averaging just 6.4 minutes per game over his 14 appearances on the season, so he won't have much of a role for the Cavs when the team is at full strength. At this stage of his career, Jones is more of a positive locker room presence than a consistent contributor off the bench.
Updating a previous report: Jones will come off the bench for Wednesday's matchup with the Grizzlies, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
With the Cavaliers expected to rest LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, Jones was originally expected to be one of the players elevated to the starting five. However, they've now opted to mix it up and will instead start DeAndre Liggins. J.R. Smith, Mike Dunleavy, Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson. Even though he's coming off the bench, Jones should still see a significant boost in minutes, as there are limited bodies available and he'll provide some much-needed depth in the frontcourt.
Jones will join the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
The Cavaliers have decided to rest LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in the second game of their current back-to-back set. That affords Jones an opportunity to jump into the starting lineup, which should allow the 36-year-old veteran a chance to up his playing time. Jones has seen action in just three of the Cavaliers' last six games, but will be in line to see extended run Wednesday. He'll be joined in the top unit by DeAndre Liggins, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson.
Jones (coach's decision) didn't play in Tuesday's 121-117 win over the Raptors.
Jones has long been one of LeBron James' favorite teammates and is beloved by many others in the Cavs' locker room, but that's about the extent of the 36-year-old's value at this stage of his career. He's only made three appearances in the Cavs' 10 games, totaling a combined eight minutes.
Jones reached an agreement Tuesday to re-sign with the Cavaliers on a one-year, $1.55 million contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
As expected, Jones will be back in Cleveland, and this will mark his sixth straight season playing on a minimum contract. While the veteran's role has diminished considerably over the past few years, he remains a valuable locker room presence and close confidant of defending Finals MVP LeBron James, who remains an unrestricted free agent, but is expected to re-sign with the Cavs later in the offseason. Like James, Jones will be seeking his seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance heading into the 2016-17 campaign.
Jones went without a point (0-2 FT) and grabbed two rebounds in nine minutes during Sunday's 110-77 Game 2 loss to the Warriors.
Jones has played in each of the last four postseason games, all of which have been blowouts. Unfortunately, the Cavs have been beaten soundly by the Warriors in both contests so far this series, so Jones' presence on the court hasn't been a welcome development. He'll remain outside of the rotation if Wednesday's Game 3 matchup in Cleveland proves more competitive.
Jones (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Monday's 104-93 Game 1 win over the Hawks.
The Cavs have kept Jones active for all five of their postseason games to date, but the veteran hasn't got off the bench in any of the last three contests. With coach Tyronn Lue tightening his rotation as the stakes become higher in the playoffs, Jones likely won't see the floor outside of blowouts.
Jones finished with 10 points (2-5 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, and one steal in eight minutes during the Cavaliers' 106-100 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.
After appearing in just two games during February, Jones has at least seen the floor in six March matchups. With that being said, Jones doesn't do much besides score anymore, and the last time he put up 10 points was back on Jan. 2. Even assuming that Cavaliers' coach Tyronn Lue will continue to rest LeBron James and his stars here and there as the regular season winds down, Jones' impact in fantasy is minimal at best.
Jones (coach's decision) hasn't played in the Cavaliers' last seven games and has played a total of two minutes in the last 10 games.
Interim coach Tyronn Lue has effectively eliminated Jones' spot from the rotation, which comes as an unsurprising development with the 35-year-old shooting 37 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc this season. Spot-up shooting is essentially Jones' only skill at this stage of his career, and since he's not doing that particularly well right now, there's little reason for Lue to hand him playing time.
Jones played two minutes in the win over Detroit on Friday. He did not attempt a shot.
Jones has not scored in the last six games and has not attempted a shot in his last five games. He still offers another perimeter shooter, but it remains to be seen if Tyronn Lue will give him significant minutes.
Jones managed eight points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and one assist in 11 minutes during the Cavaliers' 132-98 loss against the Warriors on Monday.
Jones has appeared in only four of the Cavaliers' nine games this month, and did not see the court in the team's four previous contests. Given that he is averaging fewer than 10 minutes per game on the season, Jones is not a trustworthy option in fantasy.
Jones played only two minutes in Friday's 89-83 loss to the Warriors. He recorded no points and two rebounds.
Jones has appeared in each of the Cavs' last three games since the returns of Kyrie Irving (knee) and Iman Shumpert (groin), but he appears at extreme risk of dropping out of the rotation. Matthew Dellavedova and Shumpert have both seen their roles grow of late as the top two backcourt players on the second unit, and with Mo Williams and Richard Jefferson also clawing for playing time, Jones may ultimately be a casualty.
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