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Jones set to deliver Cavs the '3'


Published: Fri, September 9, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Damon Jones wants the basketball a lot, and he wants to shoot it, too.
The former Miami Heat point guard said Thursday he's ready to give the Cleveland Cavaliers something they've needed: a top 3-point shooter.
Jones took a physical Thursday in Cleveland -- a requirement for his new four-year, $16.1 million contract -- before the team introduced him at a news conference.
In getting Jones, the Cavaliers, who barely missed the playoffs last season, took another step toward making sure they don't miss out again. Jones ranked fifth in the NBA among 3-point shooters, making 43 percent of his attempts. Cleveland was ranked 27th in 3-point accuracy.
With Miami, his deep range forced defenses to come out and guard him, making All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade harder to stop.
"I'm going into my eighth season and I'm excited to be here," Jones said.
Fills need
Jones said he fills Cleveland's needs for a point guard and a shooter.
"I think I am a pure point guard, but I think guys say I'm not pure because I shoot the ball so well. And I say that with a straight face," he said. "I think I run a basketball team pretty well."
He said he has no problem being the player Cleveland calls on to score from outside.
Coach Mike Brown will have to choose between Jones and veteran Eric Snow for his starter at point guard.
"There is no competition between me and Eric Snow," Jones said. "We're working together to win basketball games. The only thing that matters is that after each game the Cleveland Cavaliers will have won and the other team loses."


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