Pistons, Bulls expected to pursue Jones Jr.; Cavs not so much

Heat guard/forward Derrick Jones Jr. dribbles upcourt against the Celtics.

The Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls are expected to be among the team pursuing Miami Heat free agent guard/forward Derrick Jones Jr., according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Meanwhile, despite earlier reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers do not have an interest in Jones, Amico Hoops has learned.

Jones averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 59 games for the Eastern Conference champions, winning the NBA Slam Dunk contest along the way. Along with being considered one of the league’s most electrifying dunkers, Jones has made a name for himself as a strong perimeter defender.

He has also spent time with the Phoenix Suns and in the G League after going undrafted out of UNLV in 2015. Per Jackson, the Hawks may be another team with interest.

While the Heat may also try to bring back Jones, their priorities in free agency are likely to be veteran point guard Goran Dragic and small forward Jae Crowder.

The free agency period is expected to begin in late November or early December.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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