Kevin Jones has been absolutely beasting down with the Canton Charge, and it appears his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers has arrived. In a cruel twist of ironic fate, the new Pride of Canton will simply be replacing the original Pride of Canton, Luke Harangody. Both had distinguished careers in the Big East, and neither have a discernible position in the National Basketball Association. From Cavs.com:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Luke Harangody and signed forward Kevin Jones to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. The Cavs have assigned Jones to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, as one of their NBA roster players. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
Harangody appeared in 42 games (one start) with the Cavs over two seasons and averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game. Harangody did not appear in any games this season.
Most Cavaliers fans were shocked when Cleveland offered "The Gody" a guaranteed over the off-season. He quickly accepted the offer of over a million dollars, and proceeded to never enter a game in this young season. His legacy as a Cavalier, to me, will be as the guy my friend Kevin who doesn't like basketball would always make fun of and ask about whenever I made him watch a Cavs game. When I heard this news, I texted him immediately, and he assured me Luke would catch on with a team in time for a playoff run. His suggestion was that he would really fit in well alongside Rasheed Wallace in New York. I no longer know if I will get him a Harangody shersey for Christmas.
I would caution Cavaliers fans not to get too excited about Jones. There have been quite a few Charge players to light up the d-league, only to find themselves failing to make a contribution in the NBA. In the meantime, leave your favorite Gody memories in the comments.