Cavaliers, Jones reach four-year, $16.1M deal

CLEVELAND -- Damon Jones is ready to give the Cleveland Cavaliers something they've needed: a top 3-point shooter.

Jones passed his physical Thursday after agreeing to a
four-year, $16.1 million contract.

In acquiring Jones, who made 225 3-pointers for the Miami Heat
last season, the Cavaliers took another step in their effort to
avoid missing the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season. Jones
ranked fifth in the NBA last season in 3-point accuracy, making 43
percent of his attempts. Cleveland was ranked 27th in that

With Miami, his deep range forced defenses to come out and guard
him, making All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade harder to
stop. The Cavs hope the perimeter threat Jones provides will open
things up in a similar way for LeBron James and his supporting

"It's no pressure at all," Jones said. "I think I'm one of
the top five shooters in the world. I love to shoot the basketball.
I work on my shot a lot."

Coach Mike Brown will have to choose between Jones and veteran
Eric Snow for his starter at point guard.

"There is no competition between me and Eric Snow," Jones
said. "We're working together to win basketball games. The only
thing that matters is that after each game the Cleveland Cavaliers
will have won and the other team loses."

Jones' signing will finish off what was left of the $28 million
the Cavaliers began the summer with to spend on free agents. The
club had previously signed guard Larry Hughes (five years, $60
million), center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (five years, $50 million) and
forward Donyell Marshall (four years, $22 million).

Jones, 29, has not been with one team for more than one season
since beginning his NBA career with New Jersey in 1998. He's also
played for Boston, Golden State, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit and

He averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists in 82 games -- 66 starts
-- last season. It appeared he might re-sign with the Heat after
prized free agent Michael Finley passed on Miami and signed instead
with San Antonio. But the Cavs general manager Danny Ferry was
persistent and offered a longer contract than Miami was willing to

One lingering concern for Ferry is to find another big man now
that 6-11 forward/center Anderson Varejao is out indefinitely.

The Brazilian had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 2 to repair his
dislocated right shoulder. He injured it contesting a rebound in
the final minutes of Brazil's 96-94 loss to the United States last
month at a World Championship qualifying tournament in the
Dominican Republic.

Without salary cap space, Ferry can only sign a player to a
minimum contract unless he can make a trade.

"We're in the same position now as are a lot of other teams,"
Ferry said.