The LeBron James effect continues. After inking small forward Mike Miller to a two-year, $5.5 million on Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been able to land one more small forward sharpshooter in James Jones on Wednesday, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron-Beacon Journal. Lloyd is also reporting that Jones’ one-year deal will be for the league minimum.
It was made known last week that LeBron was very interested in playing with Miller and Jones once again, as they are players who provide great floor spacing because of their abilities from outside of the arc. Although players like Mike Miller and James Jones don’t bring too much else to the table, LeBron loves playing with guys that don’t receive as much attention when he is on the floor. James is very good at kicking the ball out to guys like Miller and Jones whenever defenses close on him.
These two recent additions are also major upgrades for the Cavs’ perimeter shooting, as they finished ranked 18th in the league in three-point shooting with a 35.6 percent mark. Cleveland also saw their best three-point shooter, C.J. Miles, get signed by the Indiana Pacers this offseason, so outside help from Mike Miller and James Jones was one of the most important areas for the Cavs to improve on after signing LeBron.
Jones is a three-point specialist; there is no denying this. Sixty-two percent of his shots during his career have come from beyond the arc, a number that the Cavs front office was very intrigued by when courting yet another player to Cleveland for cheap. Jones has played the last six seasons for the Miami Heat, but only appeared in 20 games for Miami this past season. James Jones was contemplating retirement, but will now be on one of the most successful rosters in the Eastern Conference yet again. During his ample playing time last season, Jones averaged 4.9 points in 11.8 minutes, while shooting 51.9 percent from three. He attempted nearly three 3-pointers per game.