FEBRUARY 6TH: Gino Pilato of D-League Digest is reporting that Jones has officially entered his name into the NBA D-League player pool. It is unclear as of now which team will claim the veteran big man. Jones has never played in the D-League before.
JANUARY 22ND: Jones still intends to sign with the D-League, sources tell Pilato, but he’s waiting for a “good situation” before doing so, Pilato writes. My guess is he and Bartelstein are holding off until a preferable D-League team has first dibs in the league’s waiver process, though that’s just my speculation.
JANUARY 16TH: Eighth-year veteran NBA center Solomon Jones will sign with the D-League, according to Gino Pilato of D-League Digest. The Magic waived his non-guaranteed contract earlier this month before it would have become guaranteed for the season. It’ll be the first trip to the D-League for Jones, so the circuit’s waiver process will determine which D-League squad he’ll wind up with.
Jones played sparingly for the Magic this season, even though he came back from a torn meniscus in his left knee in less than three weeks. He appeared in only 11 games, averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per contest. Those figures aren’t too far off from his career numbers, as the 29-year-old has never put up more than 13.9 MPG in any season.
The Mark Bartelstein client is a candidate to receive a 10-day contract from an NBA team if he performs well in the D-League. He inked a pair of 10-day deals with New Orleans two years ago, as our 10-Day Contract Tracker shows.