One of the Cleveland Cavaliers' free agents will be back next season, although it's a player many had forgotten about.
Forward James Jones, an unrestricted free agent, told the Northeast Ohio Media Group on Sunday that he will be a Cavalier next season.
"I'll be back in Cleveland for sure," Jones told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I've made it well known last year when I told them I was coming to help change the culture and do something special. 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, 34, will likely sign for the veterans minimum, which is worth $1.5 million next season. Last year, Jones averaged just 4.4 points per game in the regular season, but played a much bigger role in the playoffs after Kevin Love went down with a shoulder injury. He has been a teammate of LeBron James' since 2010 when James and Jones both played for the Miami Heat.
In all likelihood, Jones won't be counted on as much as he was in the playoffs heading forward. Still, his ability as a shooter makes him useful for the Cavs, who prioritize shooting alongside LeBron.
With Jones set on coming back, the Cavs now have 10 roster spots accounted for. That number jumps to 12 when you include restricted free agents Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova, both of whom are likely to be back, and it increases to 13 if the Cavs bring back J.R. Smith.