Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Jones re-signs: How does he fit?

Dallas Mavericks Jalen Jones Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathan Lambrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Jones Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathan Lambrecht/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks re-signed wing Jalen Jones after cutting him earlier in the offseason, so where does he fit in the team’s plans?

The Dallas Mavericks brought back a familiar face in Jalen Jones recently.  Jones secured a training camp deal in early August after Terry Larrier was released after suffering a season-ending injury.

Jones played for the Mavs and Texas Legends last season.  He was waived in July to make room for Dallas’ rookie class before being picked back up.  The Mavericks were willing to part with him early in the offseason, so where does Jones stand now?

Training camp spot

Jalen Jones will accompany the Mavs to training camp.  He will battle for backup minutes on the wing against Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris, Ryan Broekhoff, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Ding Yanyuhang.

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Jones is 25 years old and does not fit well on the Mavericks roster.  He is a mediocre 3-point shooter and has not shown to be even an average NBA defender.  Jones does not stand out on the NBA court in any way, so winning a roster spot and minutes in Dallas this season will be difficult in camp.

Spot on the Legends

Jalen Jones is a standout G-League player, and a place on the Texas Legends (the Mavericks affiliate) will be open for him.  He figures not to garner much attention from another NBA club, so his best opportunity may be dominating in the G-League and earning a ten-day contract later in the season.

Final thoughts

Jalen Jones is a valuable addition to the Dallas Mavericks organization even if he fails to make the regular season roster.  Jones averaged nearly 20 points per game last season in the G-League and produced strong rebound numbers to go along with his scoring.  He could be an integral part of the Legends returning to the playoffs this season.

Expect Jones to search for an NBA opportunity first, but a spot in the G-League may be his only option.  Stay tuned.

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