OFFICIAL: Derrick Jones Jr. has re-joined the HEAT as part of his two-way contract.
OFFICIAL: Derrick Jones Jr. has re-joined the HEAT as part of his two-way contract. https://t.co/I010dEPX2y— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 16, 2018
The official press release notes his recent impressive stats.
“In his last game with the Skyforce on March 12 against the Salt Lake City Stars, he scored a game-high 33 points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out three assists, recording three steals and blocking a game-high three shots in a, 138-127, win.”
Jones Jr. has only 3 NBA days remaining on two-way contract before the call up, so the Heat have to create a roster spot to keep him for the remainder of the season, and possibly the playoffs.
Both Jones Jr. and Justise Winslow are 21 years old, and along with 20-year Bam Adebayo, could provide long-term dividends for the Heat in the seasons to come, if their scoring improves to NBA levels.
Add them to the Heat’s first-round draft picks in 2019 and 2020, that’s five promising young players, who might fuel Miami’s future just two seasons from now.
However intriguing “Airplane” Jones Jr. may be due to his speed and hops, his defense needs a major upgrade to go from Phoenix Suns standards to those of the Heat.