"He has to get up to speed quick here but we have a game tomorrow and if I need him tomorrow he'll be available," Del Negro said. "We have to get him feeling good about terminology."
The Clippers have been searching for depth on their front line since the season began and the 6-foot-10 Jones fits the bill. Jones was a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 2006 and has also played for the Indiana Pacers in his five-year career. In 39 games with the Pacers last season, Jones averaged 3.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 13.5 minutes.
"He has some experience under his belt and he has played on a couple of teams," Del Negro said. "He gives us another option and we just got to get him acclimated to everything as soon as possible. It's going to take some time but it's nice to have another guy back there with some length and experience."
The 27-year-old Jones who has appeared in 247 career games, making 10 starts with career averages of 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.6, practiced with the team on Tuesday and said he would be able to play Wednesday if needed.
"I've been conditioning on my own, I still have to get back into game-shape but I'll be ready," Jones said. "Hopefully I can get in there."
Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.