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Report: Cavaliers sign free-agent Jones to contract

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The Canadian Press
7/16/2014 5:06:58 PM
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving quickly to surround LeBron James with shooters, and it probably helps that James knows exactly what he's getting.

A day after the Cavs locked up James' buddy and former teammate Mike Miller, they agreed to terms with Miami Heat free agent James Jones on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Jones, who spent the previous four seasons playing with James in Miami, will earn $1.4 million next season. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Jones spent the past six of his 11 NBA seasons in Miami. Last year Jones shot a career-high 46 per cent on 3-pointers, but only appeared in 20 games. He hasn't been a regular contributor since averaging 19.1 minutes in 81 games for the Heat in 2010-11, James' first season in Miami.

He will turn 34 in October, but formed a solid relationship with James while with the Heat.

He joins Miller, who agreed to a two-year deal on Tuesday, as former James teammates that are following him to Cleveland.

Miller's departure from Miami before last season didn't sit well with James, and the veteran shooter spent last season in Memphis.

James Jones (Photo: Victor Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images)

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