League sources say that the Lakers had strong interest earlier in the summer in trying to reacquire Damian Jones, but Sacramento elected to retain Jones and make his contract guaranteed for the coming season even though the Kings already have Richaun Holmes, Tristan Thompson, Alex Len and (yes, still) Marvin Bagley III.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: The Sacramento Kings are picking up the option on C Damian Jones for the 2021-2022 season, source tells ESPN.
Sean Cunningham: Kings officially announce the signing of center Damian Jones, a deal that will extend into next season following his two 10 day contracts he previously signed with Sacramento. “Damian provides a defensive presence & has fit in nicely with our group,” – GM Monte McNair.
The Sacramento Kings have signed center Damian Jones to a second 10-day contract, according to Kings General Manager Monte McNair.
Sean Cunningham: The Kings have officially signed Damian Jones to a 10 day contract.
Jason Jones: Per a league source, the Kings plan to sign center Damian Jones to a 10-day contract. Adds much-needed size/athleticism to the frontcourt. He was most recently with the Lakers on two 10-day deals.
James Ham: Timing of Jone’s signing is still unknown. He still has to passed all NBA testing protocols according to league source.
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel says “the door is not closed” on Damian Jones. Sounds like the Lakers might be open to bringing him back.
Dan Woike: Sources say the Lakers are not re-signing center Damian Jones for the rest of the season after his second 10-day contract expired. Jones has been a fill-in starter and played well, but hard cap, roster limitations win out in the end.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers intend to sign center Damian Jones to a second 10-day contract on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma on Damian Jones’ Lakers debut: “I think he’s got a shot to be here” if he continue to do what he did tonight.
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers just signed Damian Jones to a 10-day contract, per the Lakers.
Shams Charania: The Phoenix Suns are waiving center Damian Jones, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Duane Rankin: OFFICIAL: #Suns signed free agents guards E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway and center Damian Jones as well as free agent forward Johnathan Motley, the team announced today. Motley averaged 24 points last season in G League. Has played 46 games with Dallas and L.A. Clippers. pic.twitter.com/zwgITkS3CP
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C Damian Jones has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, sources tell ESPN.
Chris Kirschner: Not surprising, but the Hawks will officially not extend qualifying offers to DeAndre’ Bembry, Skal Labissiere, Damian Jones and Charlie Brown Jr. They will be unrestricted free agents.
Mark Medina: Warriors officially exercise team option on Damian Jones. My writeup earlier today about it bayareane.ws/2ERh6Oa
The Warriors anticipate exercising Damian Jones team option for the 2019-20 season, a league source told Bay Area News Group. The Warriors have until Wednesday to finalize the decision. Jones, who is making around $1.5 million for the 2018-19 season, will be paid $2.3 million for the 2019-20 season. The Warriors could have saved in both salary and luxury taxes by not guaranteeing Jones’ team option. But that would have made Jones an unrestricted free agent next July and allow him to entertain offers in the open market without having his rights to match them.
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.”
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