After using the mini mid-level exception to sign big man Jason Smith the New York Knicks only have minimum contracts to make roster additions in free agency. Needless to say, the Knicks are bargain shopping. That brings them to Carmelo Anthony's friend, Dahntay Jones. They're giving him a workout to see if he might fit the mold of a veteran's minimum signing that could help the team off the bench.
Dahntay Jones was the 20th overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. The 6'6", 225 pound shooting guard/small forward played for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2003-07, the Sacramento Kings from 2007-08, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League in 2008, the Denver Nuggets from 2008-09, the Indiana Pacers from 2009-12, the Dallas Mavericks from 2012-13 and the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 before taking last seasons off because of injury.
Free agent Dahntay Jones is expected to work out for the Knicks this week as the shooting guard/small forward attempts to make a comeback after sitting out last season due to injury.
Jones, 33, is also scheduled to audition for the Sixers, but the New Jersey product would prefer to land a contract with the Knicks that would reunite him with Carmelo Anthony, his former teammate in Denver.
Jones isn't much of an offensive player. However, the Knicks are interested in Jones because of his skills on the other side of the court. He's known as a tough, defensive-minded player.
Besides his defense, Jones has some great leadership qualities. Despite never being the best player on the court, Jones is a guy who is well respected listened to. He could be a real asset to the Knicks locker room.
Jones was in contract with Anthony this off-season and would love to join him in New York. Who wouldn't pick New York over Philadelphia? The 76ers are not going to be better than the Knicks. Jones may have been out of the NBA last season but if he has his choice he'd rather join the best team he can.
Jones has two obstacles in front of him. The Knicks run the triangle offense so his poor shooting ability doesn't exactly fit well with the system. Also, the Knicks roster is already full.
However, Phil Jackson is looking to trade at least one guard. If he's able to pull the trigger on a move that could open the door for Jones to join the team.
While Jones isn't the best player, New York could definitely do worse. At least Jackson is putting a premium on defense. That's something the Knicks haven't done in a long time.
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