A league source confirms to NetsDaily that former Mavericks guard Dominique Jones has been signed by the Springfield Armor, the Nets affiliate. Jones, 24, was claimed by the Armor. He became available last weekend when the Mavs released him, reportedly because he wouldn't accept an assignment to the Mavs D-League affiliate. The 6'5" shooting guard is expected to report to Springfield and play on Monday night. RealGM first broke the news Friday afternoon.
While Jones received interest from two NBA teams since being waived by the Dallas Mavericks on March 9, the 24-year-old believes playing in the D-League will allow him to log significant minutes and continue to develop. Jones is still open to signing with an NBA team before the end of the season, preferably under a contract that is partially guaranteed for next season.
"Dominique just wants to keep growing, keep improving, and he’ll get a chance to do that now," agent Michael Hodges said Friday.
Jones, a USF product, was taken right after Damion James in the first round of the 2010 Draft. He played three seasons with the Mavericks, averaging 3.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 80 career games, while playing less than 10 minutes per game.The league source said signing Jones was a Springfield move, not a Nets move. Since Jones was still on the Mavs roster on March 1, he is not eligible for the playoffs. He has a championship ring with the Mavs from their 2010-11 title run.
"I like Dominique, he was my man," Dirk Nowitzki said of Jone when he was released on March 9. "I think he’s got an NBA body, he’s got the NBA strength. Hopefully he’ll be able to find a job next year and he’ll be able to play."