Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former West Virginia forward Kevin Jones has discussed the parameters and is expected to agree to a three-year, partially-guaranteed, multi-million dollar contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent, Bill Neff, told SNY.tv.
Free agents cannot formally sign deals until July 11.
“We’re just real excited because it’s a good fit,” Neff said. “We had a strategy. The bottom line is we wanted to get him to a certain team and this is precisely the kind of team we wanted to get him to that would develop him.”
Neff said Jones will play with the Cavaliers’ summer league team and could potentially play with their D-League franchise.
“He’s looking forward to showing some people that they missed on him,” Neff said.
The 6-foot-8 Mount Vernon, N.Y., native went undrafted during Thursday’s NBA Draft but will now join a roster of familiar faces, including former St. Patrick star Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, former St. Benedict’s Prep forward Tristan Thompson and Philadelphia native and former Syracuse star Dion Waiters, the No. 4 pick in the draft.
A second-team All-American, Jones was devastated when he wasn’t picked in Thursday’s draft, but vowed he would make a team as a free agent.
“Of course this whole situation is going to make me hungry,” Jones told SNY.tv then. “I felt like I should’ve been a first-round pick, at most top 40.
“But I mean, things happen. So just gotta find a new way there, but I’m going to make a new way there, regardless, no matter what.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.