Thursday , Sep , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs sign guard Damon Jones

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday signed
free-agent guard Damon Jones to a multi-year contract. Financial terms of the
deal were not disclosed.

Jones will upgrade Cleveland’s new-look backcourt and, according to a report
in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, will earn between $15-16 million. Jones put
together a breakthrough season with Miami in 2004-05 and helped the Heat
record the Eastern Conference’s top regular-season record.

“Damon has proven himself to be an impact player,” Cavs general manager Danny
Ferry said. “He is a talented, playoff-tested veteran who will be a great fit
on the court and in the locker room with our group of guys.”

Jones started 66 of 82 games this past year and averaged a career-best 11.6
points along with 4.3 assists per contest. The seven-year veteran also ranked
fifth in the NBA with a 43.2 percent success rate from three-point range.

The addition of Jones figures to bolster one of Cleveland’s biggest weaknesses
last season, as the Cavs ranked near the bottom of the league in three-point
field goal percentage (33.2%). The 29-year-old is expected to take over the
point guard position vacated when Jeff McInnis signed a free-agent deal with
New Jersey over the summer.

Jones, who will be joining his 10th NBA team, will join Larry Hughes in the
Cavaliers’ new backcourt alignment. Hughes signed with Cleveland earlier this
offseason after averaging a career-best 22 points per game with Washington in
2004-05.

“Damon will be a great addition to our core group,” Cleveland head coach Mike
Brown said. “His character, his ability to shoot the basketball from the
perimeter and his playmaking skills will be a solid addition to our team.”

Jones has averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 assists in 430 career games with New
Jersey, Boston, Golden State, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, Sacramento,
Milwaukee and Miami.

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