The Cavaliers added Dahntay Jones to the roster just as last season was winding down, giving them a veteran bench presence for their playoff run. He played a total of 50 minutes through the entire playoff run, but he made an impact and was there when Cleveland won its first title in 52 years.
In July the Cavaliers waived Jones. Now they are bringing him back but just with a non-guaranteed deal for training camp. The Cavaliers have 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster, once they re-sign J.R. Smith they will be at the max of 15. Meaning Jones only makes the roster by beating out someone Cleveland has to pay regardless. Joe Varden has the story for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jones, 35, a guard, was waived following the 2016 Finals triumph, but is returning for camp on a non-guaranteed contract. Some speculation about Jones’ immediate future was generated this week when he showed in Santa Barbara, California for LeBron James‘ minicamp.
Jones was signed prior to the last game of the 2015-16 regular season (and scored 13 points that night), but managed to make an impact in the postseason from near the end of the Cavs’ bench.
He infamously punched Bismack Biyombo in the groin in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals (James promised to pay the fine, which was about $80). And he was used by coach Tyronn Lue for a few critical minutes in Game 6 of the Finals, going on a personal 5-0 run in the last 90 seconds of the first half and drew two fouls on Draymond Green to send the Cavs to the locker room up by 16 points.
He likely is not with them in uniform opening night, but Jones’ Cavaliers’ teammates are certainly welcoming him back. Jones is on the West Coast in Santa Barbara working out with LeBron James and most of the Cavaliers in preparation for the opening of training camp.