According to multiple sources, Heat president Pat Riley said earlier today that he expects veteran swingman James Jones and veteran guard Eddie House to pick up their player options for next season, which are worth a combined $2.66 million next season. Riley also said that he expects veteran center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has already picked up his player option for next season, not to retire, saying that he believes Ilgauskas has “a lot left in the tank.”
Jones, a three-point specialist, had a great year for the Heat, as he knocked down his threes, played good positional defense, and almost never made a mistake on the court. Jones’ play allowed the Heat to deal with Mike Miller’s ineffectiveness during the regular season, but Jones was essentially benched in favor of Miller for most of the Conference Finals and all of the NBA Finals.
House, another three-point specialist, played spot minutes for the Heat as a backup point guard, appearing in 56 regular season games and seven postseason games for the Heat. House averaged 6.5 points per game in the regular season, and 1.6 points in the postseason.
Ilgauskas started more than half of the Heat’s regular-season games at center, but was essentially out of the playoff rotation after struggling mightily on defense in the nine playoff games he appeared in.