Derrick Jones RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
As part of a sign-and-trade agreement with the 76ers involving Jimmy Butler, the Heat — according to multiple reports the night of June 30 — agreed to send Dragic to the Mavericks. Just hours later, reports surfaced that Dallas believed it was getting Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. in the deal and not Dragic. That miscommunication led to the Mavericks removing themselves from the trade and Dragic remaining with the Heat.
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The Heat had roster decisions to make this week. The first was made Monday when the Heat waived forward Yante Maten, whose guarantee was set to increase from $100,000 to $150,000 for next season if he was not released by Thursday. The other decisions came Thursday, when the Heat decided — as expected — to not waive forward Derrick Jones Jr. and guard Kendrick Nunn before their guarantee deadlines, according to a league source.
Since Jones and Nunn were kept on the Heat’s roster past Thursday’s guarantee date, Jones’ full $1.6 million salary for next season became guaranteed and Nunn’s $50,000 guarantee increased to $150,000 for next season. Nunn’s guarantee jumps to $450,000 if he’s on the Heat’s opening-night roster, and his full $1.4 million 2019-20 salary becomes guaranteed if he’s still on the roster in January.
Albert Nahmad: Derrick Jones Jr.’s $1.6M salary is now fully guaranteed. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer, and the Heat will have his full Bird rights (at the cost of a $1.7M minimum-salary cap hold).
Bobby Marks: Three players that will have their contracts guaranteed today if not waived by 5:00PM EST.: Dwayne Bacon (CHA-$1.6M), Derrick Jones (MIA-$1.6M) and Deonte Burton (OKC-$1.4M). In addition, Kendrick Nunn (MIA), will see his protection increase from $50K to $150K.
Barry Jackson: Can independently confirm that Mavericks want Derrick Jones Jr. and Heat has said no. Miami could always change its mind or find another team with cap space to dump salary to satisfy cap requirements of Butler deal. Difficult to see Butler deal falling through at this point.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs source insists they always thought deal was going to send Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. to them and expected Heat to stretch Ryan Anderson to help make math work. Mavs asked for high-flying Jones as sweetener. No picks were discussed. Unclear if deal can survive.
Jared Weiss: There is a “glitch” in the Butler-Richardson trade according to sources, as the Heat do not want to give up Derrick Jones and Dallas is telling people the deal is off. Expectation is that the deal is too far down the road to fall apart and will get ironed out.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. says offseason goal will be “taking as many shots as I can this summer.” Says he’s open minded to summer league. “If they want me to play, then I’m not going to say no.”
Tim Reynolds: Injury updates Josh Richardson has a left hip strain, will not travel and will be re-evaluated Monday. Dion Waiters has a precautionary MRI on left knee which was Negative. Probable for tomorrow. Derrick Jones Jr. has a right knee bone bruise. Questionable for tomorrow.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Jones Jr. now ruled out with knee injury, will be re-evaluated in Miami. Heat’s depth, once a strength early this season, now shaky because of injury misfortune.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Celtics because of personal reasons. Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow did not make the trip and are listed as out.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (left calf strain), James Johnson (slight left AC sprain), Kelly Olynyk (right ankle sprain), Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) all QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow’s game vs. Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. probable with bruised right knee.
All season long, Galloway’s sneakers have produced conversations at the free-throw line. And Saturday’s victory over the Heat, with time for his kicks to be more intently examined, was no different. “Derrick Jones looked down and was like, ‘Bro, those are tough. You have some heat on,’” Galloway said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I got to do it.’ He was telling me he liked the shoes. It’s always cool when people acknowledge your shoes. “Eventually, that’ll become a thing because of the NBA’s lifted rules. Guys will be talking about shoes more during free throws.”
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra, “This will be a fun game for the guys playing.” Of the injuries, Spoelstra said, “those won’t be long-term deals.”
Ira Winderman: Injuries keep piling up for Heat. Tonight vs. Suns: James Johnson – Questionable (shoulder) Rodney McGruder – Out (knee) Justise Winslow – Out (knee) Derrick Jones Jr.– Questionable (illness)
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.
Ira Winderman: For those who held out early hope: Goran Dragic not on this trip with Heat. Derrick Jones Jr. also did not travel.
Tim Reynolds: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee, after his scary fall last night in New York. He will be re-evaluated in about six weeks and the Heat are hoping he will play again this season. This could have been much worse.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was helped to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden after sustaining an apparent leg injury while driving in transition. With Jones, who was fouled on the play, unable to remain in the game, he was disqualified from returning.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Jones Jr said he has not received word on whether he will be invited to slam dunk contest all star weekend but will participate if invited
In moving back to .500 at 18-18, Miami has now beaten the lottery-bound Cavs (8-30) twice in the past week, after wins against Phoenix and Orlando in recent weeks. Beating lottery teams could never be assumed with this Heat team, but Miami is making progress there. Josh Richardson scored 24 points and Miami got helpful contributions from Derrick Jones Jr. (13 points, seven rebounds), Tyler Johnson (16 points), James Johnson (11 points), Kelly Olynyk (10 points) and Rodney McGruder (10 points). Hassan Whiteside added eight points and 12 rebounds, and Justise Winslow chipped in 10 points and seven assists.
Ira Winderman: Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. celebrates his leap year. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… And, yes, he would welcome an invitation to return to the dunk contest, “If they call me when I’m 32, trust me, I’m in that dunk contest. I’m not going to turn that down. That’s a whole lot of fun.”
Anthony Chiang: James Johnson will not return to tonight’s game due to an illness. Derrick Jones Jr. started the second half in his place.
Jim Eichenhofer: Julius Randle appeared to sprain his ankle while trying to grab ball away from Miami’s Derrick Jones. Randle was helped off the floor by teammates, then started walking to locker room under his own power
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) questionable for Friday vs. Pacers. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Dwyane Wade are again out. This is Heat’s lone regular-season visit, so unless Heat meet Pacers in playoffs, it means Wade won’t play here again unless he changes retirement plans.
Ira Winderman: Dwyane Wade is listed as out for Friday’s game, in the wake of the birth of his daughter. Derrick Jones Jr. also is listed as out due to a bruised right knee. Goran Dragic is questionable due to a sore right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Anthony Chiang: Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson not on injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic. But Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters have been ruled out. Bam Adebayo is doubtful.
Ira Winderman: MRI Wednesday on Derrick Jones Jr. came back negative, as did X-ray immediately after Tuesday’s frightening tumble. So still listed with bruised right shoulder. Expectation is he will be out Friday in Washington.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. took a hard fall on a tip-in attempt. He’s down holding his shoulder. Does not look good at all.
It only took three-plus games to get all the read they needed on forward Derrick Jones Jr. “He was outstanding,” summer-league coach Eric Glass, the Heat’s video coordinator, said as the Heat headed home following Saturday’s summer finale.
Manny Navarro: Eric Glass says Derrick Jones Jr. (Sprained right ankle) is out Tuesday. No word yet if he will play again in summer league. Bam Adebayo expected to play Tuesday.
Derrick Jones Jr. signed a standard NBA contract with Miami on Sunday after playing on a two-way deal with the organization last season. The contract agreed upon is for two years with a starting salary of about $1.5 million for this upcoming season, according to a source. The first year of the contract is guaranteed and the second year is not. “My main goal wasn’t to get back on a two-way contract,” Jones said after practice in Sacramento in preparation for summer-league play. “I was doing my best to get signed to a regular NBA contract because that’s what I started at. I didn’t want to be on a two-way. It’s stepping stones you have to go through in your life. You have to battle through adversity. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been battling through adversity. It never brought me down. It was just a surreal moment for me last night when I signed that contract.”
“Since I put the Heat jersey on I knew I wanted to be a Heat Lifer,” Derick Jones Jr. said. “It’s just the culture. I came in and they embraced me with open arms like I was their long lost little brother. Ever since then I’ve been grateful for my teammates, grateful for the coaching staff, the whole organization. It’s been great ever since I’ve been here just having the whole organization behind you and knowing that people believe in you. It brings your confidence to whole other level. I feel I’m playing my best right now.”
Barry Jackson: Per source, Derrick Jones Jr. agreed to a two-year regular contract (not a 2-way deal) with the Heat today. Miami can sign 2 players to two-way deals if it wishes, with Heat having previously made offer sheet to Derrick Walton Jr. for one of those slots if the Heat chooses.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward/guard Derrick Jones Jr. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jones Jr., who was originally signed to a two-way contract by the HEAT on December 31, 2017, appeared in 14 games (eight starts) with Miami last season and averaged 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes of action.
Albert Nahmad: Heat have tendered qualifying offers to both Derrick Walton Jr. and Derrick Jones Jr., making them restricted free agents with $1.3M cap holds. Coming off two-way contracts, their qualifying offers will be another two-way, for the $77,250 two-way salary, with $50,000 protected.
Barry Jackson: Heat has issued qualifying offer to Derrick Jones Jr, source confirms. So he is restricted free agent.
Asked if he views Jones as a longterm possibility for the Heat, Spoelstra said: “Absolutely. We always envision where a player can go. But we love the idea of getting guys, young talented players who are ambitious into our summer program and into training camp and move on from there. He’s improved this year with us.”
“When he’s been with us, he’s been committed to working on his body in the weight room, working on his conditioning, working on his player development and really committing to the defensive points. I think he has to break into this program as a defensive minded player. That’s really where his potential is. But we will hammer and drill all the other stuff offensively, just also to throw a carrot to guys. It’s been very intentional that we try to get him on the best wing opponent every night and really embrace that challenge regardless of how many minutes he plays and what his offensive responsibility is. He has to guard, he has to be able to impact on that side of the floor. And that got better. It still has a long ways to go, but he’s starting to understand where he can breakthrough.”
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. has rejoined the Heat, with Dwyane Wade still out. Jones has three NBA days remaining on his two-way contract, but that clock ends Saturday, at the conclusion of the G League season.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. will be active vs. Pistons. He will have five NBA days remaining on his two-way contract clock after tonight.
Manny Navarro: Crazy life of a two-way player: Derrick Jones Jr. said he was in Cleveland for the birth of his second child, son Princeton Feb. 1. He flew to Sioux Falls Tuesday, practiced, and then flew to South Florida to rejoin the #Heat. #Whirlwind
The Heat has given some thought internally to possibly converting Derrick Jones Jr.’s two-way contract into a standard contract after the Feb. 8 trade deadline but likely also will consider other options, including trades and buyout candidates, with the roster spot now held by center A.J. Hammons.
Here’s what a veteran NBA scout told me today about new Heat addition Derrick Jones Jr., who finished runner-up in last year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest and has played in 28 games for Phoenix over the past two years: “If he couldn’t jump [as well as he does], would he be in the league? No. That alluring physical ability, you hope some of the other stuff will develop. It’s a worthwhile shot [for Miami to take on a two-way contract]. He’s got to become more skilled and his body isn’t great. He’s skinny. Has the ability to defend. He is a wing player and if you’re not a good shooter, you’re behind the eight balls. His handle isn’t very good.”
Newly-signed guard Derrick Jones Jr. is expected to fit right in with the Miami Heat. He has aspirations of becoming one of the league’s top defenders, so naturally he joined the perfect organization. The Heat have long took pride in their defense. “That’s something that I harp on,” Jones said. “I want to be one of the top five defensive players in the league one day.”