The Oklahoma City Thunder were one of a number of NBA teams who lined up to take a look at ten year veteran Dahntay Jones as he completed a workout in Las Vegas recently.
A former 20th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Jones has carved out a solid NBA career with a variety of teams and roles. The 6’6″ shooting guard still has good value as a defender who can knock down open jump shots and comes with a decade of NBA experience.
For a team like the Thunder, it makes sense to keep your finger on the pulse and to see just who or what is on offer. These types of role players are valuable pieces to a team that already has a near complete roster, but could use another player to fill a particular need.
While the Thunder have 15 players on their roster currently (with Hasheem Thabeet and Sebastian Telfair on the fringe of this team) looking at someone like Jones does no harm. He won’t command big dollars, but he could play a valuable role and he doesn’t have an ego.
The Thunder likely won’t make any move on Jones though. They already have similar players in Andre Roberson and Josh Huestis (who will spend the next season in the D-League with the Thunder affiliate Tulsa 66ers) who are younger, cheaper and who need to have game time given to them in order to develop.
Jones has averaged 5.6ppg over his career and last shot the three ball at just .250 – not exactly what the Thunder need. There might still be a market for Dahntay Jones in the NBA, but just don’t expect to see him in an OKC uniform.