July 25, 2014

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Cavaliers add another veteran shooter in James Jones

James Jones

James Jones

CLEVELAND — James Jones played with LeBron James on two NBA championship teams in Miami. He hopes to win a third with “The Chosen One” in Cleveland.

Jones agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract Wednesday, according to multiple reports, giving the Cavaliers another veteran sharpshooter to come off the bench.

The 6-foot-8 small forward ranks 29th in NBA history with a .403 career 3-point percentage, but only appeared in 20 regular-season games — making 28 threes in 54 attempts — with the Heat last winter.

Jones will provide depth for Cleveland after averaging 4.9 points and 1.2 rebounds last year, his sixth in Miami.

The 33-year-old Miami native was on the fringe of the rotation in 15 playoff games, shooting .469 on 3-pointers and logging a total of 126 minutes.

Jones is strictly a spot-up shooter at this stage of his basketball life, only making 48 two-point baskets over the past five seasons, compared to 250 from beyond the arc.

A second-round pick by the Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft, Jones has played for Indiana, Phoenix, Portland and Miami.

Cleveland agreed to terms with small forward Mike Miller Tuesday on a one-year contract with a player option for a second. He ranks 18th all-time with a .409 3-point percentage, and was a Heat teammate of James and Jones from 2010-2013.

The additions of Miller and Jones are unrelated to the status of shooting guard Ray Allen, who is debating whether to retire or join them with the Cavaliers.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.