The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed James Jones and Mike Miller yesterday, reuniting LeBron with two of his favorite players from his tenure in Miami.
Miller, who last played with LeBron James during the Miami Heat’s 2012-2013 championship campaign, turned down $12 million to join forces with the King (look for the Mike Miller feature tomorrow morning).
During that run he played in the fewest minutes of his career, but shot 41% from three-point land and started in the final four games of the 2013 Finals, where he shot an incredible 61% from downtown.
Most recently, he put together an impressive season with the Memphis Grizzlies last year that was highlighted by appearances in 82 games (the most since his rookie season) and almost 46% shooting from beyond the arc (his best since ’09-’10).
As for James Jones, the majority of his time in Miami was either spent on the bench or in garbage time. However, with the absence of Miller this past season, LeBron frequently requested Jones’ playing time be increased during the postseason because of his ability to shoot the three ball.
As a result, Jones appeared in 15 games during the postseason (the most since ’11-’12) and hit roughly a three per game (the most since ’10-’11) while averaging eight minutes a night (the most since ’11-’12).
All in all, Jones and Miller add veteran leadership and more threats from three-point land.
This allows the floor to be spaced, and gives LeBron multiple options to utulize on the offensive end.
With two former Heat teammates of James’ locked in, only one piece remains to solidify the veteran presence and give Cleveland unlimited options from beyond the arc.
I’ll give you a hint, he’s hit the most threes in NBA History.
Who knows, if he joins maybe he will do something like this in Cleveland.
Where’s Jesus Shuttlesworth when you need him?
Hopefully, on his way to The Q.