The Cavaliers are bringing in another shooter — and another player close to LeBron James.
James Jones agreed to a one-year deal with the Cavs on Wednesday for the league minimum of $1.45 million, a league source told the Beacon Journal. It’s the second James associate the Cavs have added in as many days after agreeing to a deal with Mike Miller on Tuesday.
Jones, who turns 34 in the fall, is a 6-foot-8 wing who appeared in just 20 games for the Miami Heat last season, but shot 52 percent from behind the 3-point line. Cavs General Manager David Griffin is familiar with Jones from their time together with the Phoenix Suns, but Jones is also close to James after spending the past four years together with the Heat.
The Cavs entered the summer with the goal of adding shooters to the roster. That need was heightened following James’ announcement last week he was returning to the Cavs. As a result, the Cavs landed two players who likely wouldn’t have been interested in signing here if not for James.
Jones, a career 40-percent shooter on 3-pointers, won the 3-point contest during All-Star weekend in 2011.
Once all of their draft picks and free agents sign, the Cavs will have 14 players under contract.
Silver praises LeBron
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called James’ decision to return to the Cavs a great moment for the league.
“I was moved by [James’] decision,” Silver told reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday following the league’s Board of Governors meeting. “When I read his first-person account on Sports Illustrated, I really was moved by it. It says a lot about who he is, who he has become over the last four years. His statement about Northeast Ohio, about hard work [and] this being about something larger than basketball and the NBA.
“What I heard from a lot of owners in the league was, ‘I wish my city was [James’] hometown.”
Interest in Drew?
The Cavs have discussed a coaching position with Larry Drew, according to the Boston Globe.
Drew coached the Milwaukee Bucks last season before he was unexpectedly ousted when Jason Kidd forced his way there. He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons and has a career coaching mark of 143-169. He took the Hawks to the playoffs in each of his three years there.
Cavs coach David Blatt said last week more coaching additions were expected.
The only other coach on the Cavs with NBA head coaching experience is Jim Boylan, who previously served as an interim head coach with both the Bucks and Chicago Bulls.
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