San Antonio Spurs Option 2: Derrick Jones Jr. (POR)
There’s a lot to love about Derrick Jones Jr. He’s young, can jump out of the gym, and can even knock down the occasional 3-pointer. He’s also a 6-5 forward with a 7-foot wingspan. Because of his frame, he can do a decent job guarding guards, small forwards, and power forwards without issue.
Jones has averaged 7.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game through 54 games in Portland. The numbers don’t jump out on paper, but I still see plenty of untapped potential in the 23-year-old. Can you imagine having Jones around the rim as a finisher with creators like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker finding looks for him?
Derrick Jones Jr. can fly ?✈️ pic.twitter.com/VJnQw9skW3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2020
The biggest issue with luring someone like Jones away from Portland is the fact he just chose them to sign with this season. He’ll be owed $9.7 million if he accepts his player option for a second year with the Trail Blazers, which he’ll probably opt to do if he feels confident in their future.
Still, hopping around in search of more money or a better opportunity is hardly a novel concept. Player options are included for a reason, so the Spurs should be hoping Jones tests the waters as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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