HoopsHype James Jones rumors

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When the league and union finally came to an agreement on how to settle their revenue differences, it's almost as if they then plotted how to soak every least bit of revenue out of fans. A competition driven schedule? Not this season. A money-driven schedule? "It came down to that," said Heat forward James Jones, secretary-treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association. "You don't get paid unless you play games. And having already missed a good portion of the season, the players felt that it was up to each individual player to be professional and maintain a level of conditioning and health and strength so that we can play as many games as possible." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"I mean 66 games is a lot of games," Jones said. "However, those guys that properly prepared are in better condition and those guys that didn't are struggling a little right now." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 28, 2011 Updates

The Miami Heat have released a 2011-2012 introduction video set to the tune of Kanye West's "All of the Lights". It's pretty incredible and almost defies explanation, but we'll give it a shot anyway. The one-minute spot features LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company bouncing their hands and shaking their moneymakers as psychedelic graphics spin around them. Wade is dressed in a white suitcoat, James a green sweater, and Bosh dons a striped sweater. Things get cooky when Shane Battier shows up in double popped collars, James Jones in a scarf, Mike Miller in a jean jacket and cargo shorts. The Heat dancers also make a mandatory appearance. There are goofy faces, shoulders that are dusted off and some flexing. It ends with the tagline, "Let's Go Heat." This baby has it all. CBSSports.com

December 9, 2011 Updates

The Heat agreed to re-sign wing James Jones and point guard Mario Chalmers on the heels of adding wing Shane Battier and center Eddy Curry on Thursday. The final details of all the contracts are being worked out but the Heat are believed to be able to structure the deals to allow them to make all the signings without having to use the amnesty clause on Mike Miller. ESPN.com

In a phone interview Friday morning, Jones said that he turned down more lucrative offers in order to agree to a three-year contract with the Heat. He will be at training camp today. While he did not reveal which teams offered his an opportunity, he did say that mega-deals around the league impacted his available options. “I had to make pretty much a gut-wrenching decision,” said Jones, who decided Thursday night. “It was a very complex situation but, at the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that being here was the best place for my me, and the best thing for my family.” Palm Beach Post

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The proposal, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, was dated to be delivered to union executive director Billy Hunter on Friday. At least some of the people who will be in the NBPA meeting said Sunday they had not yet seen the offer, creating more than a little confusion over what exactly is on the table. "We haven't asked for anything more than what we had," Miami Heat player representative James Jones said Sunday. "We understand the times. We understand the economy. We just want a fair deal where both sides are bearing the weight of the present times and with an eye on the future of the game of basketball." ESPN.com

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A person familiar with the situation told The AP that Wade called an hourlong meeting with players after the FIU game to discuss the lockout. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because talks were to remain private, saying Wade, Chris Paul and Miami Heat player representative James Jones answered questions about the status of negotations. The person also said Wade has taken “a more active role” in talks about a new labor deal of late and that he urged players to be “informed rather than accept any deal.” Washington Times

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Jones' future is doubly cloudy: Not only is he locked out, but he chose to become a free agent last month, which means he might not necessarily be back with the Heat when play resumes. The league's owners and players did not agree on a new collective bargaining agreement before the most recent one expired June 30, prompting the lockout. Because the sides are billions of dollars apart, there's already talk of worst-case scenarios for the coming season. "Typically right now guys would be back in the gym preparing for next year, and that's not a possibility because the owners decided that they didn't want us there," Jones said. "It's definitely real, and we're so far apart that it's tough to really see anything besides today. And today they're unrelenting, and they don't want us there. So until they decide they want to engage us, we'll be locked out. And it's tough because we're basketball players and we want to play. And the fans, I'm sure, want to watch us play." MSNBC.com

He said he's not necessarily worried or angry about what looms ahead in labor talks, but acknowledged that he, like all players, needs to be realistic while the sides work out the business of basketball's future. "They're holding fast to what they want and what they've asked for," Jones said, speaking of owners. "We've made some concessions and agreed to move it in the right direction. But moving in the right direction isn't enough. They want it all." Some players already have discussed finding deals with international teams until the lockout is over. Jones isn't thinking about that option — yet. "I'm an NBA player," Jones said. "But at the same time, basketball is my livelihood. If an opportunity presents itself, I'll go. But my priority is getting a deal done." MSNBC.com

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