Dahntay Jones got into a tiff with Kobe Bryant and was never heard from again.
Or so we thought.
Jones was defending Kobe on a play where Kobe got hurt late in the 2012-13 season, and Kobe accused Jones of playing dirty. Jones finished that season with the Hawks, and then after 10 NBA seasons – with the Grizzlies, Kings, Nuggets, Pacers, Mavericks and Hawks – and a training camp with the Bulls, he fell out of the league.
For many 32-year-old role players, that’s a career.
But Jones isn’t done quite yet. His agency announced:
Jones guarantee isn’t known, but other teams appeared interested in the shooting guard, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his deal is mostly or fully guaranteed.
Trey Burke is back to handle a large load, and the Jazz should give Alec Burks enough time to show what he can do before they offer him a contract in free agency next summer. But Dante Exum might be further from ready than hoped, and Toure’ Murry is not a sure thing.
Jones provides Utah with a veteran to teach its young players, and just in case the Jazz drastically exceed expectations, his perimeter defense can help with a playoff push.
Really, though, he’s there to mentor – whether that’s just through the preseason or longer.