View Full Version : Eddie Jones Headed Back To The Heat.

01-30-2007, 04:38 PM

Eddie Jones is heading back to the Miami Heat (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=mia), ESPN.com has learned.
Jones agreed Monday on a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=mem), giving up about $300,000 of his $15.7 million salary to gain his freedom from the team with the NBA's worst record. The money lost through the buyout will be made up when he signs for a prorated portion of the NBA minimum.
Jones will clear waivers Thursday morning, after which he can sign with any NBA team.
However, a source close to the situation said Jones has already decided he'll sign with Miami, meaning it is possible he will be in uniform for the defending champs when they play the Cleveland Cavaliers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=cle) on Thursday night.
The 12-year veteran spent five seasons with the Heat before being dealt to the Grizzlies in the five-team trade in the summer of 2005 that sent James Posey (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3341), Jason Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3250) and Antoine Walker (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3112) to the Heat.
Jones was averaging just 5.6 points in 29 games for the Grizzlies after being a 16.0 scorer over the first dozen years of his career.

01-30-2007, 04:50 PM
Other teams challenging in the East get better while we just remain mediocre.

01-30-2007, 04:54 PM
Eddie Jones is what, 54 years old? I doubt he'll help that much. Though he'll make a pretty nice 8th man or so.

01-30-2007, 04:56 PM
Other teams challenging in the East get better while we just remain mediocre.

This is the stock response whenever any team make any move. Someone would have said the same thing if they had signed Jalen Rose. This will not add to the Heat in any better. If they could get the Eddie Jones of five years ago, then maybe. But he is just another old addition to an already old team. Also, unless Fatoine or Posey stop shooting, what good will Eddie do them.

Slick Pinkham
01-30-2007, 05:09 PM
He helps a lot on the court only in case of injury. He may help in the locker room, though.

The guys playing 2/3 along with Wade are Kapono (shooter), Dorrell Wright (athlete), and Posey (defender). I'm not sure that at this stage he has more to offer than any of those guys, though Wright seems to have found the doghouse of interim coach Rothstein. Riley was playing Dorrell a lot.

01-30-2007, 05:15 PM
Eddie Jones is a ****en shooter, something this team still aint got. Jamaal Tinsley's our point guard in case you still haven't noticed.

01-30-2007, 05:17 PM
Eddie would have been a bigger impact joining the Pacers than the Heat. He's still got some value.

But count me in the camp that hears "oh no, Pacers aren't countering" and thinks WTF?

Excuse me, but is a 8 player trade before AS break even just not enough for fans? If you think that turning over 2/3 of the players from the start of last season isn't enough, then you are way out of touch with reality. Clearly there is no pleasing some people.

01-30-2007, 06:13 PM
Eddie probably still had the Heat on his mind a lot while playing for Memphis, his ties with that franchise run deep. Eddie would have been a nice addition, but there is simply no way the Pacers could have countered that. No one outside the state of Indiana gave the Pacers a chance in hell to win this mini sweepstakes. You really have to look at this situation from his perspective.

Besides, we just brought in Murph and MDJ, who are both good perimeter shooters, and Danny's jumpshot is improving every game.