HoopsHype Dominique Jones rumors
Dominique Jones will get his first taste of life on the road in the NBA Development League this weekend when the Texas Legends head to Fort Wayne, Ind., to play the greatly named Mad Ants. For now, the plan is to keep the Mavericks' rookie with the Frisco-based Legends. "He's there for now. I don't know how long he'll be there,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "They're headed for Fort Wayne for a couple games, they're back for a game and they go to North Dakota for a couple games. At this point, he's on that trip to Fort Wayne. Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Mavericks sent first-round draft pick Dominique Jones to their NBDL affiliate in Frisco last week to give him some playing time and add some punch to the Texas Legends' home opener. After three games with the Legends, it appears the 6-foot-5 shooting guard might staying with coach Nancy Lieberman a little longer. The Mavs begin a season-long, six - game homestand on Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors, but Jones remains with the Legends. ESPN.com
Dominique Jones probably didn't think the most action he'd see in a game so far would come in Frisco and not Dallas, and in the NBDL and not the NBA. But, that's the way it is for a late first-round draft pick on a team loaded with veterans and off to a 13-4 start. After Monday's win over the Houston Rockets, Jones was sent to the D-League Texas Legends, co-owned by Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, to play in the Legends' home opener on Tuesday night. He likely remain with the Legends to close out the homestand with games on Friday and Saturday. ESPN.com
Isn’t it disappointing for Jones, being a first round draft pick, to be sent down the D-League? Cuban: Not at all. I mean, look, the list is long of first round draft picks who have gone down there and gotten playing time and come back and been contributors. So, it’s not unusual at all and remember, most first round picks that you look to contribute aren’t on playoff caliber, top-four, top-five teams. You need contributions from your first round picks when you’re a bad team; that’s when they just get thrown into the fire and are expected to really have an impact. On good teams that really doesn’t happen. If anything, you hear all the lessons about them having to bide their time and that’s what D.J. is having to do. And that’s what really happens on this team over the last ten years. It’s rare when a guy comes in…we drafted Devin Harris at No. 5; he came in and started the first ten games and then didn’t get on the court for who knows how long. Dallas Morning News
South Florida guard Dominique Jones wasn't bashful when discussing his skills during a pre-draft tryout with the Heat and apparently that also was the case with his visit to Dallas, which secured his rights in the first round. "He thought he was a cross between Dwyane Wade and Rodney Stuckey," Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "That sounded pretty good to me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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