When we wrote about the Cleveland Cavaliers trying to bring back everybody, that included James Jones, who might have a very small and limited role these days, but still can have a part to play in any future success the team has.
Jones averaged 4.4 points per game last season in 11.7 minutes, on mostly for garbage time situations or when the team really need a 3-pointer. He didn’t do a lot better in the playoffs, but did see a minute upgrade due to all the injuries, but Jones, at his age, can’t do much except hit open 3-pointers.
Not that it’s bad to have someone like that who doesn’t mind being frozen for 30 minutes and be able to come on the floor and immediately give the team his best, even if it means not playing for a few games in a row.
He’s also cheap. He comes in at a $1.5 million of veteran’s minimum, which costs them only $950,000 in cap space. However, nothing is cheap anymore for the Cavaliers because of their luxury tax violations, which means that in real money, coming out of Dan Gilbert’s pockets, he’ll cost around $4.5 million. That’s the price you pay when you have three or maybe even four players on maximum contracts.