If you figured the Suns were just going about the business of filling out the bench in August, think again.
Veteran swingman Jumaine Jones, an unrestricted free agent, is expected to arrive in Phoenix today and have a guaranteed one-year contract with the Suns completed by Thursday.
Jones would be no seat filler. He'd be much more than the Suns roster's 13th player. He is coming off a career season with Charlotte, his fifth team in seven NBA seasons since leaving Georgia after his sophomore season. Jones, 27, had a career-high 42 starts last season for a 26-win Bobcats team, averaging 10.5 points (also a career best) and 4.9 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. advertisement
The Suns had Jones on their radar since the free-agent-contact window opened July 1.
Now, with Jones unexpectedly still available, Phoenix can have him for a price that keeps the team under the luxury-tax threshold.
Jones is a wing player who, at 6 feet 8 and 218 pounds, also likely would fit in also as a power forward in the Suns system.
He is a slasher and career 35 percent three-point shooter who plays the transition game well.
Also important for Phoenix, he adds another quality defender in addition to last month's prominent free-agent signing - backup point guard Marcus Banks.
The Suns likely will not sign any more players to guaranteed deals this summer. Phoenix leaves for training camp in Italy on Sept. 29.
Wow, I knew they were going to sign another player, but I really expected a scrub. Jones is a good, quality player, who won't see many minutes, but can help when he does play, or can step in if someone goes down with injury.
Good, cheap signing for the Suns. Adds depth to the bench, which we all know is something we know we can use.
Excellent signing for the Suns. Jones is an athletic, great shooting, highflying swingman that adds some great depth to our line-up. He will fit right in with our offense and this makes are bench so much better. Although I wanted the Suns to add some depth at the front-court, this signing is way better than nothing.
Now I am even more excited for this up and coming season!
i like it cuz this just gives us another strong body to add to our very interchangeable front court and he's a great defender as well.
personally i think he will show more consistency than james jones and get more minutes, but once again great pickup and if injuries plague us again we wont have to worry as much