Damian Jones Rumors

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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: $1,544,951
Damian Jones is the underdog. With the thinnest resume, he has the most ground to make up to earn Kerr’s trust. Furthermore, he’d like to persuade general manager Bob Myers to pick up the team option for 2019-20, his fourth season. “This is a big year for me, so I’ll have to treat it as a contract year,” Jones conceded to NBC Sports Bay Area this week. “The team option is coming up (an Oct. 31 deadline). I’m going in with the mindset that I’m playing for something. Something big.”
“I want to be the starter,” he said. “But I’m willing to do all the things that they ask me to do,” he added. “That’s what I have in mind, going to camp with a full commitment of giving my all.” Jones’ most visible asset, aside from height, is athleticism. He can sprint the floor with any big man in the league and jump with most of them, too. The Warriors spent last season privately debating how much of a gap existed between Jones and McGee, who brought similar attributes in a veteran’s body.
Therefore, Kerr sounded flexible on using fourth-year forward Kevon Looney, second-year forward Jordan Bell or third-year center Damian Jones to start at center. Kerr might favor Jones to accelerate his development after spending the past two seasons mostly with the Warriors’ G-League affiliate. Kerr said he would “love to give him a shot” at the starting center spot. “All three of them are very different, which we like. But we’re anxious to see DJ,” Kerr said. “He’s worked hard in Santa Cruz and he’s incredibly explosive and powerful. It’ll be fun to throw him out there with our four All-Stars and see what he can do.”