Central Notes: Jones, LeBron, Love, Scola, Jackson

LeBron James‘ affection for James Jones runs deep, and the same is true for Kevin Love, who said Jones may well be his best friend in the NBA, as Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com details. Jones re-signed with the Cavaliers this summer on a one-year, minmum salary deal.

“I told J.J., as long as I’m playing, he’s going to be around,” James said last week. “He’s not allowed to stop playing basketball. So, I’m going to make sure I got a roster spot for him. I love him. He’s the greatest teammate I’ve ever had.”

Jones is 35 and James turns 31 later this month, so it would be tough for Jones to hang in the league for the rest of LeBron’s career, but it’s nonetheless clear that the two are close. See more from Cleveland amid the latest from the Central Division:

  • It was watching his Cavaliers teammates doggedly pursue a championship during the finals last summer that served as the last bit of convincing Love needed to make up his mind to re-sign with the team, Love says, according to McMenamin, who writes in separate piece.
  • The Pacers and Luis Scola talked a couple of times while he was a free agent in July, but the team didn’t make an offer for him to re-sign, and Scola and agent George Bass got the impression the team didn’t intend to make one, the power forward told Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports. Scola, 35, signed instead with the Raptors for one year and $2.9MM, and he said to Agness that he’s pleased with Toronto so far.
  • Reggie Jackson drew motivation from the commitment that the Pistons showed when they gave him a five-year, $80MM deal this summer, and the deal signaled that the team’s executives “did their homework,” Jackson told TNT’s David Aldridge for his NBA.com Morning tip.
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3 thoughts on “Central Notes: Jones, LeBron, Love, Scola, Jackson

  1. Z.....

    James Jones is from Miami, and he was here for 6 years with the Heat. I wasn’t too surprised that he followed LeBron to Cleveland though. He tried to retire a couple of years ago, so I don’t know how much longer he’ll be around with LeBron

  2. Arthur Hill

    His outside shooting makes Jones a valuable guy to have around regardless, but there’s no better job security than being LeBron’s best friend.

  3. Dana Gauruder

    James Jones has found a novel way to extend his career — be best buddies with your team’s superstar(s).


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