Heat reportedly extend training camp invitation to Shawn Jones
Shawn Jones, last year's Conference USA Player of the Year, reportedly received an invitation to camp from the Miami Heat.
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By Surya Fernandez
The Miami Heat continued making moves to add to their training camp roster with the reported signings of Shawn Jones and Reggie Williams, according to RealGM.com and Yahoo!.
Jones, a 6-foot-7 forward from Middle Tennessee State University, went undrafted in June and later played for the Los Angeles Clippers in Summer League competition. He averaged 14.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists as a junior last season and was named Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He averaged five points and five rebounds with the Clippers in Summer League.
The 22-year-old was born in Miami and played basketball for Hialeah High School, averaging 23.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 9.1 blocks per game in his senior year.
His contract is likely non-guaranteed as the Heat are well stocked at his position with Luol Deng, Shawne Williams and Danny Granger already on the team.
Williams, a 6-foot-6 lefty, played in three games with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year and has also had stints with the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Bobcats since the 2009-10 season.
The 27-year-old has played in 180 games, averaging 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Williams' career season came as a rookie when he put up 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over 24 games. He reportedly signed a one-year deal.
Both signings bring Miami’s current roster to 16 players under contract, with 11 of them signed to fully guaranteed deals. The Heat can bring a maximum of 20 players into training camp and 15 for the regular season.