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Kevin Jones Signs Three-Year Deal with Cleveland


Kevin Jones was wrapping up a pickup game with his new Cleveland teammates on Monday when the Cavaliers' general manager, Chris Grant, pulled him aside.

"After you're done, it's time for you to sign your contract," Grant told Jones.

The former West Virginia basketball standout, who went undrafted back in June following a strong senior season, had been waiting for this moment. It didn't take him long to get to Grant's office and put ink to paper.

"I just did it. I put my initials down, signed everything and got ready to go," Jones says. "It felt great. You just look back on all the hard work that you went through to this point and it makes it all worth it. Nothing is guaranteed, but I definitely took a step forward in the right direction today and I like my chances of making the team."

Jones signed a three-year deal worth $2.2 million with a starting salary of $450,000 in year one if he does make the roster. Just by signing the contract, Jones is guaranteed $50,000.

The 6-foot-8 forward called the moment a "dream come true" as he took another step toward realizing his goal to become a professional basketball player in the NBA.

Ahead of him, though, are plenty of other steps that will be necessary in order to impress his coaches and earn a spot on the team. It begins with training camp, which kicks off in Independence, Ohio on Oct. 1.

"I can kind of take a deep breath now and reflect on everything, but definitely not lose focus of what I came up here to do and that's to make the team," says Jones. "It's a very young team and I know that there's a chance that I can have a spot on this roster and I just feel like the odds are with me. I like my chances here, so I'm just going to go out and outwork everybody."

The Cavs' official website lists 14 players with four or fewer years of experience, including eight who are entering their first or second year in the league.

Jones will join head coach Byron Scott, entering his third season in Cleveland, and he says he is determined to work toward becoming the sort of player for the Cavaliers at the professional level that he was in college at West Virginia.

"I just think I need to keep on working hard on every aspect of my game," says Jones. "I may not be able to bring as much of my game as I feel like I want to right away, but in time, the more I grow as a player, people will see my game and hopefully I'll be able to do more things that I could at the beginning of my career."

Since he arrived in Cleveland over the weekend, Jones has been picking the brains of the players and coaches in the organization, trying to learn all he can about what Scott expects and how to be most effective in his system.

A heel injury that held Jones out of summer league is no longer an issue, and he is ready to go to work again with a clean bill of health.

"I'm 100 percent ready to go," he says. "I just need to do whatever I can to go out there and prove my worth."

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