PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns announced today that they have traded for the returning rights to former Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Kevin Jones.
NAZ traded away their fourth round pick in the 2017 NBA Development League Draft to Santa Cruz for Jones as part of a three-team trade. Also involved was the Los Angeles D-Fenders, who traded away the returning player rights to Jabari Brown for the Warriors’ 2017 first round pick and the returning player rights to Elliot Williams.
The 6-foot 8-inch, 250-pound Jones played for the NBA’s Cavaliers in 2012-13. He appeared in 32 games that season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. Jones achieved double-digit scoring twice in his NBA career, and even notched a double-double in 22 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 14, 2013.
The Santa Cruz Warriors had traded for Jones at the beginning of the 2015-16 season from the Raptors 905, but he never played with either team.
The 27-year-old most recently played for the Lokomotiv Kuban as part of the VTB United League in Russia. Jones led his team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, and rebounding with 5.8 boards per contest.
While overseas, he also played for the KK Partizan as part of the ABA League in Serbia in 2015-16, the Cholet Basket in 2014-15 as part of France’s LNB Pro A league, and the San Miguel Beerman in 2013-14, who plays in the Philippine Basketball Association.
When he was a part of the Cavaliers’ organization, Jones got assigned to the Canton Charge seven times. He also returned to the Charge for the 2013-14 season with no NBA contract, before leaving the team early to join the San Miguel Beerman.
Jones has played in 50 total D-League games, averaging 18.2 points on 51.2 percent shooting and 8.8 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game. He was named a D-League All-Star in 2013-14.
The Mount Vernon, New York, native spent four collegiate years at West Virginia. He played in 139 total games, started all 104 games from his sophomore season through his senior year, and finished with a 13.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG average. He enjoyed his best statistical season his senior year where he led the team in scoring, 19.9 points per game, and rebounding, 10.9 boards per contest.
Jones’ Mountaineers made it as far as the Final Four in 2010, before losing to Duke 78-57.