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Heat extend qualifying offer to Derrick Jones Jr.

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Jones started eight games for the Heat last year.

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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.

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.

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.