Since leaving the Houston Rockets in 2016, Terrence Jones has had a hard time finding a home in the NBA. It looks like he may be getting another chance with the Golden State Warriors organization by signing with their G-League team in Santa Cruz.
The Warriors have acquired Terrence Jones. Check out these highlights https://t.co/JZjirFm5oe to see what this power forward brings to the court. Welcome the #Warriors family @TerrenceJones1! #SeaDubs #DubNation #NBAGLeague pic.twitter.com/1BF4A1rx4N— Santa Cruz Warriors (@GLeagueWarriors) December 18, 2017
After helping the Kentucky Wildcats with their 8th national championship in 2012, Jones was drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets. He stayed with that organization for four seasons, starting more than half of their games from 2013-2016.
It seemed that Jones had a strong career ahead of him as he had carved out a role for himself as a small ball power forward. He did not receive a new contract from the Rockets in 2016, so he joined Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in the off season in hopes of continuing to grow his brand.
His stint in NOLA was short-lived as he was waived in February, and then he finished the season with the Milwaukee Bucks before being waived again in April.
After some soul searching, Jones decided to head overseas to prove himself. He signed with the Qingdao Eagles in China in July of 2017, but was cut three weeks into the season after being kicked out of practice for undisclosed behavior. In his limited time there, he averaged 22.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.
Jones’ signing with the Santa Cruz Warriors became official on Monday, and will presumably begin play immediately. The Warriors could be a good fit for Jones, as they often play with smaller lineups and he is serviceable from behind the three point line (around 30% for his career).
Regardless, he will now have the eyes of more NBA scouts on him than he did in China. After such a promising start to his professional career, it would be great to see Jones get another chance to contribute. Only time will tell if he can earn a spot on an official NBA roster.