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Cavaliers sign James Jones, another one of LeBron’s former teammates

Jul 16, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers agreed to a two-year deal with Mike Miller on Tuesday, a shooter who had a resurgent season in Memphis last year after being a teammate of LeBron James in Miami the three seasons prior.

Cleveland went out and got another of LeBron’s former Heat teammates on Wednesday, in a move that will add yet another veteran shooter to the roster.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

The Cavaliers agreed to a one-year contract with veteran wing James Jones, a league source told the Beacon Journal today.

The deal is worth the league minimum.

Jones is an 11-year veteran who has been with Miami for the last six seasons. He played sparingly last year, appearing in just 20 regular season games while averaging 11.8 minutes per contest. But he did manage to knock down 51.9 percent of his looks from three-point distance (in 54 attempts).

Miller can certainly still contribute meaningful minutes if he remains healthy, and shot 45.9 percent from three-point distance last season. With Jones, exactly how much he can be expected to produce is a bit less certain.

What’s clear, however, is that both of these additions were made with the intent of giving LeBron some familiar faces to team with in his new situation.

  1. charlessb - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    wow lebron is doing some real recruiting, next up ray allen

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Hard to say about Ray. Cavs have signed enough shooters and Ray mentioned he wanted minutes if his career continued.

      Could happen but far from a lock.

  2. balsagna - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Never can have enough shooters. Good signing and vet presence on a team on youngsters.

    • mazblast - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      I’m not sure what a team full of shooters is worth if they don’t play defense or rebound.

      In order to win, someone has to do the “dirty work”.

  3. DonRSD - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Jones can shoot the rock.
    Spo just never used him.

    • kinggw - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      That’s because he doesn’t do anything else.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        And Ray Allen?

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I agree. He used to come in and play well when given the chance. He filled in well for Wade during the maintenance program and I think he scored 11 points in just a few minutes in the Finals (yes, it was garbage time, but the dude can still shoot!).

    • doc305 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Spo did use him, especially the first year that Lebron was here. The only problem was that he was a one trick pony.

  4. duhwighthoward - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I punked this guy for $20 bucks a few years ago. I had no idea he was an NBA player until one of my friends called me and said, “Hey remember that skinny b1tch whose money you took a couple years ago? He’s on the Heat.”

    What a wuss.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      You sounds super cool.

    • goraidersgospurs - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      you watch coming to America, the barber shop scene to many times!!!

    • m4a188 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Good for him, I usually avoid beggars on the street.

  5. beach305 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Sigh: So you remember way back when Cav’s fans use to complain that Lebron had his people controlling management and acting like a defacto GM, and that the failure of lack of talent around Lebron was his own fault? Well if you thought Lebron was running things last time, then watch out!

    Seriously though, James Jones is a great 3pt shooter, just don’t expect any defense.

    • scorp16 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      By this time next year I am expecting Maverick Carter will be named Cavs head coach.

      • dluxxx - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I’m fine with that. The Wolves should have signed Blatt anyway.

      • jzone954 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        One thing I have tremendous respect for is Riley wouldn’t let James and his
        “Camp” try to take over the organization and call shots. That’s what this all boiled down to.
        Loved Lebron and will miss him, but while in Cleveland he was the big fish in small pond,
        In Miami Lebron was a huge fish in a huge pond with other huge fishes. Good luck to Lebron
        And Cleveland. It would be great for them if lebrons helped being a title to Cleveland .

    • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      I don’t recall Cavs fans ever saying that. I recall Cavs haters saying that.

  6. jzone954 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Not a defender. Nice spot up shooter. Will get the same minutes and that ain’t much.

  7. jayrandle - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    That is a surprise because just like Haslem…James Jones is from South Florida.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      LeBron had been asking for Jones to get more minutes and they never came. Maybe Jones just feels like LeBron believes in him more than Miami did.

  8. phillycannon - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Terrible signing. This guy does not do anything but waste bench space.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      What? James Jones is unconscious from behind arc. He is a recent three point champ, you know.

      • jzone954 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Yea but when the playoff rotation is shortened James will get basically no minutes

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Maybe. Maybe not. Spo gave him minutes this year and if he’s hot he can drop 12 points pretty quickly. 4 triples.

  9. turnmymicup - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Ive always liked Jones as a shooter. Problem is that’s all he does. No defense and no rebounds. Spot him up and he will knock it down. I wouldn’t have mind Riley resigning him. Not going to complain though either.

  10. antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Boom goes the dynamite!

    LeBron wanted JJ to see more time than he did in Miami. Coincidentally, I wrote a bit about JJ lighting up the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets in the playoffs. I didn’t say much. I just wanted a reason to photoshop some stills of Dr. Strangelove. Have a look:

    • tampajoey - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      While I appreciate your hustle, the hijacking of the thread with your link comes off as a little desperate. Nevertheless, good luck with your blog.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Links to blogs always come off as desperate but that’s what needs to be done. No one else is going to do the legwork for you. That’s just how it is. Humble beginnings.

        That is also a problem with a lot of young bands – they think they don’t have to self promote or that they’re above self promotion. That’s why you’ve never heard of them and they’re still working at Starbucks.

      • genericcommenter - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        There are many successful blogs that don’t spam comments.. And many others that do it more discretely:)
        If it’s an effective tactic for you- I’d be surprised, but good luck.

  11. jammer73 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Sounds like Cleveland is getting there very own bonafide country club going just like the Wolves.

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