With the Heat continuing to seek talent to propel them into the upper-tier of the Eastern Conference, they agreed to sign a promising young player on the opening day of free agency.
After playing under a two-way contract with the Miami Heat for a portion of last season, forward Derrick Jones Jr. has agreed to sign with the team on a minimum deal. The Heat announced the signing on their Twitter account.
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed F/G Derrick Jones Jr.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 1, 2018
Palm Beach Post’s Anthony Chiang confirmed the deal, adding that the contract will span two years at the minimum for the uber-athletic Jones Jr.
Derrick Jones Jr. was signed to a minimum deal worth about $1.5 million. It's a two-year contract, according to a source.
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) July 1, 2018
The 21-year-old Jones played in just 14 games last season with Miami under a two-way contract but showed flashes of real potential as he did in his first NBA stint with the Phoenix Suns.
Jones went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft but joined the Phoenix Suns soon afterward where he played for a season and a half. Though Jones has yet to be a consistent part of a rotation, he started eight games for Miami last year and provides the team with longterm potential under his new two-year deal.