As free agency starts to lose its shine, role players around the league are looking for new places to call home. For Tyus Jones, it sounds like he could be on his way to Memphis.
Jones is coming off an efficient season with the Timberwolves, where he led the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio. The former Duke star averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 assists for Minnesota during the 2018-19 season.
On Sunday night, Jones signed a three-year, $28 million offer sheet with the Grizzlies. He cannot officially join the team yet because he is a restricted free agent.
This means the Timberwolves have time to match the offer if they choose to do so.
After not being able to find common ground on what his agent considered to be a fair deal, restricted free agent Tyus Jones will sign a 3-year, $28 million dollar offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies his agent Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports told ESPN.
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Minnesota could decide to let Jones walk as it tries to save cap space for a potential blockbuster trade. After all, the front office has some interest in acquiring Russell Westbrook.
Memphis would welcome Jones to its roster and embrace him as its second point guard.
The Grizzlies are currently in the midst of rebuilding their roster, which is why management has orchestrated several trades this offseason.
In the event that Jones does remain with the Grizzlies, he’d give the team yet another former Duke player. The team already acquired Grayson Allen and Miles Plumlee earlier this summer.