Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reported today that the Miami Heat extended a qualifying offer to Derrick Jones Jr. for another two-way contract. The move will make Jones a restricted free agent July 1, allowing the Heat to match offers from other teams.
Heat have extended qualifying offer to Derrick Jones Jr. for two way contact value of $77,250. No qualifying offer for Derrick Walton Jr. yet. Deadline is June 29.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) June 14, 2018
Although Jones was on a two-way contract last year, Erik Spoelstra started him for eight games. He became likable for Heat fans because of his high-flying athleticism and earned the nickname “Airplane Mode.” Players on two-way contracts can spend up to 45 days with their NBA team and the rest of the season on the G League affiliate.
#HEATNation, allow us to introduce you all to Airplane Mode! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/Kq1heKaAkP— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 10, 2018
Jones is a young, long, athletic forward — perfect for today’s NBA. He needs to continue to work on his jump-shot, but hopefully Jones can become a “3-and-D” guy to emerge as a solid role player next year.