Cavalier veteran forward James Jones decided to hang ‘em up and retire, and the Suns announced that they were hiring Jones on as their Vice President of Basketball Operations yesterday.
Jones was among the most popular teammates in the entire NBA, and both LeBron James and Kevin Love took to social media to give him some love.
Yes sir Champ!!! Congrats brother. Extremely happy for you man in your next journey!! My guy!! https://t.co/W5t39Utoqk— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 19, 2017
NBA Champion X3. 7 straight Finals. Came to work and proved his worth every day. A mentor to me. Someone who understood what it took to win in this league. A difference maker. A true professional. So much to say about Champ...man, more than anything I'm gonna miss bouncing ideas off of you and learning from your experience. Best teammate I've ever had and proud to call you one of my best friends. Suns got a good one!! Good luck on the next chapter brother.
Jones is incredibly beloved, and Kevin Love has specifically said that he was the best teammate he ever had. LeBron, for his part, has talked about how he wouldn’t let Jones retire and that as long as he was playing, there would be a roster spot for the rarely-used swingman.
Jones is a peculiar case of a player who, for much of his career, didn’t see the floor. Most guys don’t make 14-year careers out of averages of 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds, but Jones did. It proves that there’s still a ton of intangible value that a player can bring to a locker room that as outsiders, we’ll never see.
Jones will certainly be missed in the Cavs locker room. We’ll see if he can have the same affect on the Suns organization as a whole.