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Undrafted Kevin Jones inks partially guaranteed deal with Cavs


West Virginia’s Kevin Jones made my list of guys who didn’t get drafted but should have been.

However, he is going to get a chance to make an NBA squad — the Cavaliers have signed him to a partially guaranteed deal, reports Adam Zagoria.

What that means is he will play Summer League and likely get a training camp invite, but he’ll have to earn his way on to the team. Depending what the Cavs see he could spend time in the D-League, but they are going to give Jones a chance. This is officially a three-year deal but don’t let that fool you, partially guaranteed means the Cavaliers can buy him out affordably at any point if he doesn’t pan out. If he does, they keep him at an affordable price.

Jones went undrafted because at 6’8” he’s a little small for the power forward spot in the NBA. That’s especially true because he did his damage in the post in college and that will be a lot harder for him in the NBA where the fours are much bigger and more athletic. But he’s got a huge wingspan, plays hard and has an outside shot. He led the Big East in scoring and rebounding.

This is a smart move by the Cavs, a good risk to take to see if he can be a role player.

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.


Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.