Jones latest former Miami player to join Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving quickly to surround LeBron James with shooters, and it probably helps that James knows exactly what he’s getting.
A day after the Cavs locked up James’ buddy and former teammate Mike Miller, they agreed to terms with Miami Heat free agent James Jones on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Jones, who spent the previous four seasons playing with James in Miami, will earn $1.4 million next season. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
Jones spent the past six of his 11 NBA seasons in Miami. Last year Jones shot a career-high 46 percent on 3-pointers, but only appeared in 20 games. He hasn’t been a regular contributor since averaging 19.1 minutes in 81 games for the Heat in 2010-11, James’ first season in Miami.
He will turn 34 in October, but formed a solid relationship with James while with the Heat.
He joins Miller, who agreed to a two-year deal on Tuesday, as former James teammates that are following him to Cleveland.
Miller’s departure from Miami before last season didn’t sit well with James, and the veteran shooter spent last season in Memphis.
Hornets land Stephenson
Lance Stephenson has found a new home.
The controversial free-agent shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person says Stephenson is expected to be introduced at a press conference Friday.
Stephenson wrote on Twitter: “Indy, I had a great 4 years. Thank you Larry Bird, the fans, my coaches and teammates for the incredible experience. I will never forget any of you! I now have to look to the next phase of my career and the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow as a player and as a person in Charlotte! I’m excited to play for this franchise and the fans!! (hash)buzzcity.”
Stephenson met with Hornets owner Michael Jordan and other members of the organization Tuesday night in Las Vegas before agreeing to the deal.
Stephenson is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He led the league with five triple-doubles.