Spurs Taking a Hard Look at James Jones
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A source told FanHouse on Tuesday that San Antonio is taking a hard look at signing Jones, a free-agent forward whose contract was bought out by Miami last month in order to help the Heat clear cap room. It worked out well since the Heat got LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join forces with Dwyane Wade.
Already, contenders Orlando and Boston have signed Quentin Richardson and Jermaine O'Neal, respectively. Both played last season with the Heat.
While Jones averaged just 4.1 points last season for the Heat, he has averaged as much as 9.3 in 2005-06 with Phoenix. He's a career 39.5 percent three-pointer shooter, and the Spurs have always liked players who can spread the floor.
The Spurs have about $2.4 million available from their mid-level exception after signing Tiago Splitter on Monday to a three-year, $11 million deal and their $2.08 million biannnual exception. The source said Jones would sign for more than the minimum if a deal can be finalized with San Antonio.
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