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Once relatively settled with 13 guaranteed contracts, the Suns likely will stage a battle for another roster spot in light of the expectation that Channing Frye's enlarged heart will sideline him for the season. The Suns have invited NBA veteran power forward/center Solomon Jones, power forward/center Luke Zeller, swingman Othyus Jeffers and point guard Diante Garrett to training camp, which opens Tuesday with the first of four consecutive two-a-day sessions at UC-San Diego. The camp, which is closed to the public, will conclude Saturday with an intrasquad scrimmage before the Suns return to Phoenix to prepare for their Oct. 10 preseason opener at Sacramento. Arizona Republic

September 19, 2012 Updates

Add another happy camper to the Suns training camp that begins in two weeks. Veteran big man Solomon Jones will sign a non-guaranteed contract to become the first make-good player on this year's Suns training camp roster, which already has 13 guaranteed contacts (the NBA roster minimum). Jones, 28, is a 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward/center who has played 268 NBA games for four teams over six seasons. He joined the Los Angeles Clippers early last season but was waived, setting up a stint of two 10-day contracts with New Orleans. Arizona Republic

The former South Florida standout, drafted 33rd in 2006 by Atlanta, has career averages of 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 blocks in 11.1 minutes per appearance. He is an athletic shot blocker who provides the Suns some front-line insurance behind Channing Frye, whose summer has been dedicated to shoulder rehabilitation. He played for Atlanta (2006-09) and Indiana (2009-2011) before playing 21 games last season with the Clippers and Hornets. "I think there's going to be an opportunity there for him," Jones' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said of Phoenix. "He's worked out hard this summer and he's in great shape." Arizona Republic

July 16, 2012 Updates

Xavier Silas had successful facial surgery Saturday to fuse several sinus fractures after he was injured in Friday's summer-league finale in Orlando Silas took an elbow to the head from teammate Solomon Jones and also suffered a concussion. He went up to block a shot against Detroit and was hit. He fell into a row of chairs courtside. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 9, 2012 Updates
March 8, 2012 Updates

Despite starting in Wednesday night's loss to the Sacramento Kings, the New Orleans Hornets released center-forward Solomon Jones instead of signing him for the remainder of the season, the team confirmed Thursday afternoon. Jones went scoreless in 11 minutes after starting in place of injured forward Gustavo Ayon in Wednesday night's 99-98 loss to the Kings. With Solomon's second, 10-day contract expiring after Wednesday night's game, the Hornets had to either re-sign him for the remainder of the season or release him under NBA rules. New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 7, 2012 Updates

With starting center Emeka Okafor still out indefinitely with a sore left knee, New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams said there is a good chance center Solomon Jones will be signed for the remainder of the season. Jones' second, 10-day contract expires after Wednesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings. Jones has scored in double figures in two of the past three games. After 10 games, Jones has averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Hornets. ``That’s not in my control,’’ Jones said. ``The only thing I can do is play and help my team win.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 28, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Lance Thomas for the rest of the season and inked forward Solomon Jones to a second 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. Thomas has been with the Hornets for two consecutive 10-day contracts, appearing in nine games during that span with averages of 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Thomas, a Duke University product, appeared in two regular season games with the Hornets before being released on December 31, averaging 0.5 points. In two preseason games (both starts), he averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. SportsNOLA.com

February 26, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets are going to sign forward Lance Thomas for the remainder of the season after extending him two, 10-day contracts, league sources confirmed Sunday. The Hornets also plan to extend center-forward Solomon Jones a second, 10-day contract. Both deals are expected to be announced after the All-Star break later this week. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 16, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Solomon Jones to a 10-day contract. Jones, a University South Florida product, appeared in 10 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers this season before being waived on February 7th. Originally signed by Los Angeles on January 3, 2012, Jones averaged 0.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 9.6 minutes of play with the Clippers. NBA.com

February 14, 2012 Updates
February 8, 2012 Updates

The Clippers on Tuesday waived forward Solomon Jones, trimming their roster down to 14 players. That gives the Clippers room to sign a free agent — perhaps someone like former Denver guard J.R. Smith once he becomes eligible to play in the NBA after the season is over for his Zhejiang Golden Bulls team in the Chinese Basketball Assn. "We're trying to continually improve the team," Del Negro said. Los Angeles Times

January 3, 2012 Updates

The Clippers signed free agent Solomon Jones to a nonguaranteed contract Monday worth about $1 million, said a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Jones is a 6-foot-10 power forward/center who the Clippers think will give them some depth in the frontcourt. Jones spent last season with the Indiana Pacers, where he played in 39 games and averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. Los Angeles Times

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