Veteran forward James Jones will be back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Joe Vardon of Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Jones, 34, is a free agent after playing out a one-year deal with the Cavaliers this past season, but he said he’ll return:
“I’ll be back in Cleveland for sure,” Jones told the Northeast Ohio Media Group Sunday in Las Vegas, on the red carpet for the first Players’ Awards show.
“I’ve made it well known last year when I told them I was coming to help change the culture and do something special,” Jones said. “It wasn’t a situation where I was looking for a platform to move on. I was looking to be a part of something, to build something. And so I’m still in.”
Jones is a close friend of LeBron James, and the two have been teammates since 2010 with the Miami Heat, meaning Jones has also been to five consecutive NBA Finals.
Jones played in 57 regular-season games with Cleveland this past season, averaging 4.4 points while shooting 36 percent from three in 11.7 minutes per game. He saw a bit more time in the postseason, appearing in 20 games and averaging 4.4 points while shooting 34.4 percent from three in 15.6 minutes per game.
Jones played for the minimum last year and will likely get a similar deal for next year.