Veteran guard Dahntay Jones is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and will attend the team’s training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
The Cavaliers originally signed the 35-year old guard prior to the final game of the 2015-2016 regular season. Additionally, with 50 minutes played in the playoffs, he had the unusual season of playing more total minutes in the playoffs than in the regular season.
Jones becomes the 14th player on the Cavaliers’ roster entering camp. However, with the team and fellow guard J.R. Smith reportedly mutually interested in a reunion, that number could increase to 15 in the near future. In that case, Jones would have to beat out someone else to make the team.
In the playoffs, Jones was part of a variety memorable moments despite his limited playing time. In the Eastern Conference Finals, he punched Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo in the groin, making him the second-most recognized groin puncher in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. Then, in the NBA Finals, he scored five consecutive points at the end of the first half of Game 6. He also drew two fouls on Golden State Warriors’ big man Draymond Green during that run.
Prior to his late-season signing, Jones was out of the league for the better part of three seasons. He spent the second half of the 2014-2015 season with the Los Angeles Clippers, but was in the NBA’s D-League the year before and the year after, until, of course, joining the Cavaliers just before the playoffs. In his 12-year NBA career, Jones has averaged 5.4 points per game while averaging just under 16 minutes per game.