Miami Heat signs James Jones
Old 07-09-2008, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MIAMI (AP)—Throughout his NBA career, James Jones has always thought of the Miami Heat as his team.

And now, it finally is.

The South Florida native signed a five-year contract on Wednesday with the Heat, one that’ll pay him $4 million next season and could be worth more than $23 million over the life of the deal. He had other offers, including one from the Detroit Pistons that tempted him, but ultimately Jones wanted to come home.

“For me, it’s like coming full circle,” Jones said. “I’m from the city. I spend all my time here and when the Heat hurt, even when I’m on another team, I still feel that pain. … So for me, the interest from my hometown team superseded and outweighed all the other positives and pluses of the different cities, especially Detroit, that were looking for my services.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel first reported terms of the agreement, including a clause that makes the final three years conditional—which ensures that Miami can still have maximum spending capability during the free agent summer of 2010, the year that Dwyane Wade can opt out of his Heat contract.

Jones, who played at the University of Miami and has been with Indiana, Phoenix and Portland in his NBA career, is a 3-point specialist, and that’s an area where the Heat clearly need an upgrade.
In this April 15, 2008 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers forward James Jones drives to the hoop during second half NBA basketball action against the Memphis Grizzlies in Portland, Ore. Jones signed a five-year contract with the Miami Heat, Wednesday July 9, 2008 giving the swingman an opportunity to play for his hometown team starting next season.
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Heat president Pat Riley called Jones “a perfect fit.”

“We feel he’s the best pure shooter in the NBA, a great locker-room guy,” Riley said in Orlando, where the Heat have a summer league entry. “He was affordable and he wanted to be here. I think his outside shooting, obviously, and the fact that he’s a veteran is something that fits well with us.”

Jones shot a career-best 44 percent from 3-point range last season. The Heat, as a team, shot 36 percent from beyond the arc a year ago.

“Everyone knows I can shoot,” said Jones, who got his deal done on the first day of this year’s free-agent signing period. “I love to shoot. That’s what I do. I try not to step on any toes, not try to do too much, but just do what I do well, which is make shots.”

It’s unclear where exactly Jones will fit into the Heat rotation next season.

Miami drafted Michael Beasley, who’ll likely play some minutes at both forward positions. The Heat have a contract offer pending with restricted free agent forward Dorell Wright (who has interest from other teams), and still have small forward Shawn Marion and power forward Udonis Haslem—both of whom have been mentioned as possible trade candidates. Plus, the Heat will likely still seek some help at both center and point guard (rookie Mario Chalmers signed a three-year contract Wednesday and Chris Quinn is still pondering an offer to return).

There’s clearly more moves to come, and Wright is eager to see where he fits into Miami’s vision for the coming year.

“We had a bad year last year, so Coach is going to make moves for our team to be better,” Wright said. “James Jones is a great shooter and he will definitely help us out a lot next year. I’m happy he’s here. He’s a good guy.”

For his part, Jones doesn’t care what role he plays, as long as he gets the chance to help the Heat erase the sting of last year’s dreadful, injury-plagued 15-67 season.

“If that means coming off the bench, if that means starting, if that means taking 10 shots, if that means taking one shot, for me, it’s about being efficient and winning games,” Jones said. “Coming here, I don’t have any expectations about what position or which role I’ll play. All I’m looking for is the opportunity to compete.”
Wow. Can't believe no one has posted this yet, anyway this is a solid pick up for the Heat no? He fills the Posey/Kapono void from the past years and can be a really good player coming off the bench for the Heat.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems like a signing like this would require other moves to follow immediately.

C - Blount / Mourning
PF - Beasley / Haslem
SF - Marion / Jones / Wright
SG - Wade / Cook
PG - Banks / Chalmers

Between Beasley, Marion, Jones and Wright, thats a big log jam at SF with huge holes at C and PG (somewhat eased by Chalmers early play, but no where near reliable) Just makes little sense
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Marion is a goner..Don't worry lol.
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I fully expect Wright to be packaged in a trade now.

Jones is a very solid role guy, like Posey lite as someone compared him a little while ago. I've liked him since his last indy years. Hes smart, takes good shots, plays good d, the only downside with him is his lack of tenacity but thats just personality, hes laid back so whatever
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I fully expect Wright to be packaged in a trade now.
I think they should trade Wright and Blount for a possible 16 ppg center. Because clearly Blount can't play Center and Wright is playing at the 3rd string right now. And teams will like him too. He'll be in his 5th year yet he's only 22 and put up some great numbers as well.

Maybe for Chris Kaman? LAC would probably give that one a though because clearly with Maggette gone they have no one for Small Forward. It's possible..
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why would anyone trade a 16 ppg scorer at the centre position for wright and blount? i can't think of any situation where that would make sense.
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why would anyone trade a 16 ppg scorer at the centre position for wright and blount? i can't think of any situation where that would make sense.
I didn't make up the trade. I just said a guy like Chris Kaman is what they need.
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I didn't make up the trade. I just said a guy like Chris Kaman is what they need.
The Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and (hopefully) Toronto are the only teams who don't need Chris Kaman.

You're talking about trading a 3rd string swingman who has done literally nothing in his NBA career and an aging centre with one of the worst contracts in the league for a 16 point scorer at the most talent strapped position in the NBA.

That is downright impossible in every conceivable situation.

I agree they should try and package Wright and Blount if they can, but they will receive peanuts in return.

They actually aren't in terrible shape. Wade does a lot of the ball handling, so a rock solid point guard isn't as important for them as it is for a team like Toronto. And Udonis can play some centre. He can certainly defend it in most cases, which will allow them to still go with Beasley and Marion out there at the same time.
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i'd rather see marion back-up beasley at the 3 and udonis haslem be the starting 4
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marion should back up beasley? wow gurk... that's a new one for sure. "Hey talented veteran player making 16 million dollars a year, why don't you play limited backup minutes to a 20 year-old unproven child?"

Yeah, that would go over well for sure...
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fine they should trade him away because i dont see beasley(6 feet 8 inches) can gaurd mant PF's
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fine they should trade him away because i dont see beasley(6 feet 8 inches) can gaurd mant PF's
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And for you're idea on trading Marion. I don't think that'll happen. But it would make sense in a way seeing as neither of them can play center and that one of the two would have to go 2nd string which will be pretty hard. But Beasley could also play SF, that's the beauty in 2nd overall draft picks.
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First of all I type quick and don't care about making it upper case and i know to spell but don't feel like checking stuff over, but if it gives you a hard time I will do it. Lastly, I am used to MSN, thats why everything I type is like that.

I agree that the trade won't happen but I think Beasley won't be able to guard PF's in this league so he should play the SF. Marion might not like it but he wll have to be benched if Bealey at the PF position doesn't work out
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First of all I type quick and don't care about making it upper case and i know to spell but don't feel like checking stuff over, but if it gives you a hard time I will do it. Lastly, I am used to MSN, thats why everything I type is like that.
Hey man calm down. I'm not onto you or anything.

Type whatever way you want, I don't really care.
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Both Beasley and Marion will see time at the 3 and 4.

When Haslem comes into the game (assuming he isn't starting) he'll play 4, forcing Beasley/Marion over to 3. And Haslem will see important minutes until Beasley proves he can defend NBA bigs.

In some situations they could go small with Haslem at 5 as well.

Assuming Marion is not traded, Beasley is coming into a situation where he is really going to have to earn his minutes. They've got an excellent post defender and all around solid player at his natural position, and an all star at his secondary position. Unless he really proves to be dominant, he very well might not see the kind of minutes that Durant, Rose and guys like that are guaranteed the second they get drafted.
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Both Beasley and Marion will see time at the 3 and 4.

When Haslem comes into the game (assuming he isn't starting) he'll play 4, forcing Beasley/Marion over to 3. And Haslem will see important minutes until Beasley proves he can defend NBA bigs.

In some situations they could go small with Haslem at 5 as well.

Assuming Marion is not traded, Beasley is coming into a situation where he is really going to have to earn his minutes. They've got an excellent post defender and all around solid player at his natural position, and an all star at his secondary position. Unless he really proves to be dominant, he very well might not see the kind of minutes that Durant, Rose and guys like that are guaranteed the second they get drafted.
Smallest line-up, will get dominated.
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Yea thats why I was saying to avoid that contreversy they might as well trade Marion but as Major said it probably isn't going to happen
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Marion will be traded..He's garbage.
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Marion will be traded..He's garbage.
He's far from garbage.
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He's far from garbage.
He's a product of Nash.
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