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#1 MDI

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:04 PM

Use part of the MLE on him?

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MIAMI— Saying he merely was looking to "find the best situation for me," Miami Heat forward James Jones confirmed Wednesday to the Sun Sentinel that he has decided to opt out of the 2011-12 season on his contract.

Jones, however, stressed that the decision was not in response to being benched for the final nine games of the playoffs, including all six games of the NBA Finals, which the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks.

"If anything," Jones said, "making it to the Finals is an enticement to stay."

Jones, 30, a University of Miami graduate and Southwest Ranches resident, said the decision was made merely to increase his options.


"I just decided to become a free agent," he said. "My goal is still to find the best situation for me, and that possibly could be Miami."

This is the second consecutive year Jones has hit the free-agent market, this time opting out of the $1.3 million on his contract for 2011-12.

Jones is coming off a career season from beyond the 3-point arc, with a career-best 123 3-pointers. He also won the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend.


Jones worked out a brief separation from the Heat last summer that aided the Heat in the free-agency machinations that allowed the team to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem. At the time, the Heat only could bring Jones back for a veteran-minimum salary.

Jones, however, actually cashed a pair of checks from the Heat this past season, one for the $1.1 million veteran's minimum and another for the $1.5 million buyout of his previous Heat contract.

In fact, even by opting out of his latest Heat contract, Jones still is due $1.7 million for next season and $1.8 million from the Heat in 2012-13 from the buyout of his previous deal. Any new Heat salary would be paid over and beyond that salary.


The NBA free-agency period begins Friday or at the conclusion of a lockout, which is expected to be imposed by the league later this week.

While Jones thrived at times during the regular season, he was reduced to afterthought in the playoffs, with Miller moving into a more prominent role in the rotation. The 6-foot-8 forward appeared in only 12 of the Heat's 21 playoff games, dropped completely from the rotation after the second game of the Eastern Conference finals against the Chicago Bulls.

Jones has been representing the Heat in the negotiations with the NBA over a new collective-bargaining agreement, in his role as secretary-treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association.


Edited by MDI, June 29, 2011 - 12:07 PM.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:07 PM

We desperately need a three point guy on this squad.

I think we should go after Daniel Gibson first because he was very good under Mike Brown in Cleveland, but James Jones would be another good addition to the team.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:11 PM

We desperately need a three point guy on this squad.

I think we should go after Daniel Gibson first because he was very good under Mike Brown in Cleveland, but James Jones would be another good addition to the team.

If he can shoot the three he is good enough for me

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:12 PM

He's 30. We don't need more older players.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:14 PM

He's a pretty good 3 point shooter, could replace Shannon..but we need young talent.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:14 PM

He's 30. We don't need more older players.


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#7 MDI

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:14 PM

He's 30. We don't need more older players.


He doesn't have a lot of mileage. He has some experience (playing for PHX and MIA in the playoffs)

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:19 PM

Of course you look at him but the pricetag cant be too muh more then what MIA was offering but he is 1 of the best catch and shoot/spot up 3pt shooters in the NBA. 1 of LAkers major necessities.

I know alot you in here dont understand the concept of needing a shooting specialist off PnR, ISo kick outs, or inside out kick out from big to shooters in the corners but regardless of his age he is a shooting specialist much like Paxson, Kerr, Shaw, Horry, & Hodges used to be. You need those style pf players on your team at all times to take some of the burden off your most productive core players. When these style type players come at a bargain discount cost its a no brainer.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 12:32 PM

I say yes a 3pt shooter is needed but if not him, I say JR Smith if he can stay of trouble.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 01:50 PM

JJ that dude iws deadley from 3 sdo ofcourse but would he accept the MLE or part of it?

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 02:55 PM

It makes sense, but he would have to see time behind Kobe. We just gave Barnes his extension, and he's a lock at the three (backup or starting in front of Ron, whatever ends up happening). It wouldn't be wise to deal Barnes just to make room for Jones, because Barnes does a lot more than just spot up, which is all James Jones can do.

The thing I like about him, though, is that he's got the tools to be a very good defensive player. I just don't think coaches have really cared enough. Jones is strictly about the three-ball, and he plays limited minutes off the bench to provide a spark. Behind Bryant, where he would get decent playing time (maybe not what he's looking for, though, which may turn him elsewhere), he could come in and drop a few bombs, THEN help out defending guys on the other end of the court. He's a good shot-blocking help defender, long and athletic.

Should be cheap, also. He's not going to cash in anywhere else (at least not for the entire MLE).

If we're dropping Shannon Brown (or if he's dropping us, whatever the case), we have to look at all options.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 03:32 PM

It makes sense, but he would have to see time behind Kobe. We just gave Barnes his extension, and he's a lock at the three (backup or starting in front of Ron, whatever ends up happening). It wouldn't be wise to deal Barnes just to make room for Jones, because Barnes does a lot more than just spot up, which is all James Jones can do.

The thing I like about him, though, is that he's got the tools to be a very good defensive player. I just don't think coaches have really cared enough. Jones is strictly about the three-ball, and he plays limited minutes off the bench to provide a spark. Behind Bryant, where he would get decent playing time (maybe not what he's looking for, though, which may turn him elsewhere), he could come in and drop a few bombs, THEN help out defending guys on the other end of the court. He's a good shot-blocking help defender, long and athletic.

Should be cheap, also. He's not going to cash in anywhere else (at least not for the entire MLE).

If we're dropping Shannon Brown (or if he's dropping us, whatever the case), we have to look at all options.

If he is cheap he is worth it

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 04:28 PM

No. Unless we make a trade in which a sf is dealt. We are already way too wing heavy. Artest, barnes, Luke, ebanks

MLE would be better suited splitting it between delonte west and the most talented big willing to take the other half
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Posted June 29, 2011 - 05:01 PM

No. Unless we make a trade in which a sf is dealt. We are already way too wing heavy. Artest, barnes, Luke, ebanks

MLE would be better suited splitting it between delonte west and the most talented big willing to take the other half

I cant think of any talented bigs willing to take the other half can you

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 07:20 PM

There are a few good wings in free agency that look like they may be available for the vet's minimum. So, I don't think it should be spent there. Besides, it would be giving another old guy a long term contract.

For the MLE, I would trade Odom and sign Landry using it.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 08:46 PM

I like the sound of J.R Smith coming off our bench, that would be killer he'd be my first pick, but James Jones isn't that bad either.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 09:46 PM

There are a few good wings in free agency that look like they may be available for the vet's minimum. So, I don't think it should be spent there. Besides, it would be giving another old guy a long term contract.

For the MLE, I would trade Odom and sign Landry using it.


Ah not Landry I can't stand that guy.

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Posted June 30, 2011 - 04:17 AM

James Jones is a floor-spacing 3, which would be nice if we didn't have Artest, Barnes and Ebanks at that spot.
The MLE should be used on someone who can contribute with more than one thing.

I'd say use it on JR Smith. He's a nut, but he's very talented and can also shoot 3s, as well as everthing else.

Gibson is also interesting. Cleveland is trying to move both Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions, and if that happens, perhaps a Gibson for Blake trade is possible. Blake would be a nice back-up for Kyrie Irving, who will start.

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Posted June 30, 2011 - 04:38 AM

Ah not Landry I can't stand that guy.


man, landry is a really good player

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Posted June 30, 2011 - 04:50 AM

I hope Brown opts out




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