PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Phoenix Suns announced Thursday that they have waived Derrick Jones Jr., who was with their NBA G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns.
Phoenix signed Mike James’ to a standard deal in a related move.
James, a 6-foot 1-inch, 195-pound guard, had reached the limit of his 45 days with the Phoenix Suns, rules under a Two-Way contract new to the NBA and NBA G League this season. Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under Two-Way Contracts. NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend most of the season in the G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Days with an NBA team start to count on the first day of G League training camp.
James did not play for the Northern Arizona Suns this year. The 27-year-old becomes the first player in NBA history to have his Two-Way contract converted into a standard deal.
Alec Peters is now the lone Phoenix Suns player signed on a Two-Way contract.
Jones was assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns five times this season. He averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 11 games (seven starts) this year.
In his NAZ Suns career, the 20-year-old averaged 14.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game across 30 contests (24 starts). He was assigned to the NAZ Suns 11 times during his stint with Phoenix.
This year with the NBA club, Jones tallied nine points, four rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes over six games.