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Damian Jones
Damian Jones
Position: C
Born: 06/30/95
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $1,312,611
Damian Jones is healthy and played for the Warriors during summer league last offseason. But the reigning NBA champions are so talented and deep at the center position that they have not needed him on the active roster this season. The Warriors’ injury list for Friday’s game at Detroit listed Jones as “on G League assignment.” Golden State’s pecking order at center is starter Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, Kevon Looney and then Jones. So instead of watching in street clothes on the Warriors’ bench, Jones has been spending this season with Santa Cruz in the former D-League (rebranded G League from a Gatorade partnership) and has yet to play an NBA game this season. The Warriors exercised his contract for the 2017-18 season. “It made me feel good because it showed that they have confidence in me,” Jones said.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers get reports on how Damian Jones is doing after every Santa Cruz game. Kerr said he also texts with Jones regularly and talks to Santa Cruz head coach Aaron Miles and Warriors two-way development coach Luke Loucks about Jones’ development. Kerr also believes it’s best for Jones to be in Santa Cruz right now. “It’s great for him. He needs to play. He wouldn’t be playing up here. Things are going well for him,” Kerr said.
The Warriors decided to pick up the option of second-year center Damian Jones and elected not to do the same for Looney because of what amounted to a numbers game. Looney’s option, which was worth about $2.2 million, would have put the team further into the luxury tax for next season. That meant they had to choose between the two big men, making Looney the odd man out. “I mean I wasn’t shocked,” Looney said of the decision. “I kind of knew going into it what was going to happen. I wasn’t surprised.”