Jones expected to sign
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 30, 2006 12:00 AM
If you figured the Suns were just going about the business of filling out the bench in August, think again.
Veteran swingman Jumaine Jones, an unrestricted free agent, is expected to arrive in Phoenix today and have a guaranteed one-year contract with the Suns completed by Thursday.
Jones would be no seat filler. He'd be much more than the Suns roster's 13th player. He is coming off a career season with Charlotte, his fifth team in seven NBA seasons since leaving Georgia after his sophomore season. Jones, 27, had a career-high 42 starts last season for a 26-win Bobcats team, averaging 10.5 points (also a career best) and 4.9 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. advertisement
The Suns had Jones on their radar since the free-agent-contact window opened July 1.
Now, with Jones unexpectedly still available, Phoenix can have him for a price that keeps the team under the luxury-tax threshold.
Jones is a wing player who, at 6 feet 8 and 218 pounds, also likely would fit in also as a power forward in the Suns system.
He is a slasher and career 35 percent three-point shooter who plays the transition game well.
Also important for Phoenix, he adds another quality defender in addition to last month's prominent free-agent signing - backup point guard Marcus Banks.
The Suns likely will not sign any more players to guaranteed deals this summer. Phoenix leaves for training camp in Italy on Sept. 29.
This offseason turned out much better than I hoped, now all the suns need to do is sign Diaw long term after the WCs. Our second unit is fuckin stacked now.
Depth at every position, not bad.