According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, veteran guard Dahntay Jones has signed with the Cavs on a non-guaranteed deal. Jones was on last year’s team that won the Finals and was waived after the season before his contract before the 2016-17 became fully guaranteed.
Jones also posted a picture to his Instagram yesterday with the hashtags ‘#wemissswish’ and ‘#defendtheironthrone’ from the Cavs’ workouts in Santa Barbara.
It wouldn’t be a shock if Jones ends up on the team again. He’s 36, but was loved in the locker room last season and went a 5-0 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to give the Cavs some momentum towards the end of the first half.
But at the same time, signing Jones would put at the roster at 15 if/when J.R. Smith re-signs. Cleveland could still cut him down the road if they so chose, but that would be a bit of a waste. But as Vardon seemed to indicate in his story, the Cavs may have a plan in place for that 15th roster spot, making Jones’ chances of making the team slim.
Cleveland’s training camp kicks off on Monday with media day.