The LeBron James Effect continues to take hold on some of the league’s aging but experienced shooters.
Just a day after Mike Miller agreed to take less money to join LeBron and play with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it appears James Jones will be doing the same. According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, Jones has signed on with the Cavs in a one-year deal worth the league minimum. Jones also was receiving offers from the Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets and the incumbent Miami Heat, per David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Last season with the Heat, Jones averaged 4.9 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting from the field and 51.9 percent shooting from three-point range. Jones only played in 11.8 minutes per game in 20 regular season appearances for Miami, however.
James Jones hit 52% of his catch&shoot 3’s last season, best in NBA. LeBron was third at 48.8%
— Greg Swartz (@CavsGregBR) July 16, 2014
Adding Jones once again ensures that LeBron James will be happy that he’s able to surround himself with his own friends and teammates he’s comfortable with. Jones is a useful reserve in spots as a catch-and-shoot threat, but other than that this really is just a deal to make sure LeBron is completely satisfied with the way the roster is shaping up in Cleveland.
Jones is a career 40 percent shooter from three-point territory and he’s the second former Miami Heat teammate of LeBron James to join the Cavaliers this offseason. This will be Jones’ 11th season in the league after playing for the Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, LeBron may not be done recruiting just yet, as the Cavaliers are also interested in finding a way to add Ray Allen:
In other words, for better or worse, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ supporting cast is starting to look a lot like Miami’s last season. At the very least, moves like these will give the Cavs veteran leaders who can come off the bench and knock down a few threes.