Jones first signed a two-way contract with Miami during the 2017-18 season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
This signing wasn’t a surprise. Miami’s midseason trade for Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala relegated Jones to a fringe rotation player. And as the Heat got deeper in the playoffs, Erik Spoelstra was more willing to play Solomon Hill, who was considered the throw-in in the February trade, than Jones.
While with the Heat, Jones represented a good developmental story with the team. Undrafted after one season at UNLV, Jones signed a two-way contract with Miami during the 2017-18 season following a brief stint with the Phoenix Suns. Through his time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Heat, the coaching staff helped mold him into a rangy defensive player.
Derrick Jones Jr.’s defense leads to a DUNK! ✈️
— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) March 5, 2020
Crowder, who started as the Heat’s power forward through their playoff run, remains unsigned.