It could not have been easy for a 10-year NBA veteran like Dahntay Jones to return to the D-League at age 34, after being out of the NBA for more than a season, just to try and find his way back to the big stage.
But it worked.
The Clippers are in desperate need of more depth on the wing and Jones impressed with his time with the Forty Wayne Mad Ants so he is going to get a chance with the seventh team of his NBA career, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign free-agent guard Dahntay Jones to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports….
The Clippers are determined to improve their bench and Jones will get an opportunity to make an impact. The Clippers are still working on completing a trade with the Boston Celtics to bring guard Austin Rivers, the son of Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers, to Los Angeles.
Call me skeptical that Jones helps the Clippers all that much, there was a reason he bounced around the NBA as he did. Jones is athletic and a solid defender, but he doesn’t shoot well from the perimeter and doesn’t provide much else. His last season in the NBA he had a PER of 6.4.
That said, it’s not a big risk or gamble for the Clippers to give him a 10-day contract and see if he can help. After this one the Clippers can give him a second 10-day contract, at the end of that they would need to make a decision on keeping him for the remainder of the season.
The Clippers remain active on the phone lines and are talking trade with anyone who has a wing available. So, start with Denver who is shopping Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo. However the Clippers are near the hard cap so they can’t absorb much salary and they don’t have many tradable assets that interest other teams. Meaning they are going to have a hard time finding a dance partner.