Cavs reportedly bringing back member of championship team who hasn’t played all season
The Cleveland Cavaliers still are tinkering with their playoff roster and, according to multiple reports, will re-sign swingman Dahntay Jones on the last day of the regular season for the second straight year.
Jones is rejoining the Cavs for the playoffs despite the fact he hasn’t played all season. In fact, the 36-year-old journeyman hasn’t played much in the past five years — just 62 regular-season games — but he’s been a regular in the postseason, playing 31 playoff games in that span.
Jones first signed with the Cavs out of the D-League on April 13, 2016 and appeared in 15 games during their postseason run as a defensive replacement averaging 3.3 minutes. He was a contributor in the Finals when Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State, coming off the bench and scoring five quick points in Game 6. Jones also was fined for punching Toronto’s Bismack Biyombo in the groin during the conference finals.
Jones was popular with his teammates, who mobbed him when they received their championship rings before the season even though he was no longer on Cleveland’s roster; the Cavs released him in October.
Now they’re hoping Jones, who has appeared in 64 career playoff games, can be their lucky charm again.
Cleveland, in second place in the Eastern Conference entering Wednesday’s season finale against Toronto, opened a roster spot earlier this week by releasing forward DeAndre Liggins, and they may not be done.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are releasing center Larry Sanders to create roster space, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 12, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.