James Jones is coming back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, Jones has re-signed with the Cavs on a one-year deal worth $1.55 million. The Cavs have yet to officially confirm the news.
Cleveland's James Jones has reached agreement on a one-year, $1.55M deal to return to the Cavaliers, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 2, 2016
Jones, 35, has been with the Cavs the last two seasons. Last year, Jones appeared in 48 games and averaged 3.7 points and 1 rebound. Within the Cavs’ locker room, he is one of the leaders and is regarded as a great teammate. He also has made the Finals the past six season, all of which he played with LeBron James. This past season, James said that Jones is his favorite player of all-time and that as long as he’s around, Jones will be too.
Heading into next season, Jones’ role as a locker room leader who occasionally sees time likely won’t change. But because of his status in the locker room and the Cavs largely having their roster filled out, his signing makes sense and it was expected that he would be back.
With Jones now set to be re-signed, LeBron, J.R. Smith and rookie Kay Felder are the three Cavaliers who still need to have their respective contracts ironed out.