Derrick Jones Jr. Dismisses ‘Underdog’ Label, Expresses Desire for Long-Term Future with Mavericks Ahead of NBA Finals

Derrick Jones Jr. Eyes Long-Term Stay with Dallas Mavericks

Derrick Jones Jr. Eyes Long-Term Stay with Dallas MavericksDerrick Jones Jr., forward for the Dallas Mavericks, has expressed his desire to remain with the team long-term as he approaches free agency. Speaking ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Jones emphasized his love for Dallas and the opportunities he has received with the Mavericks.

Commitment to Dallas

Jones made his intentions clear while preparing for the Finals in Boston. “I’m planning on being here. I don’t want to go nowhere. I told Nico, I told Finn, I told Jason, I told everybody. I love it here. As long as we can get everything…I love it in Dallas,” he said, referring to Mavericks GM Nico Harrison, head coach Jason Kidd, and another team official named Finn.

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Strategic Career Move

After declining his player option with the Chicago Bulls last summer, Jones signed a one-year, $2.7 million deal with Dallas, betting on himself for more playing time. “I could have accepted my player option in Chicago and still be on the team that’s not in the playoffs right now. I just decided to bet on myself,” Jones reflected.

Focus on Opportunity

Jones prioritized playing time over financial gain. “I took less money to come here, but the money wasn’t the problem. The money wasn’t the issue. I just wanted to have the opportunity to be on the floor and to showcase what I’m able to do, and it happened for me,” he explained. His minutes per game with Dallas (23.5 mpg) are up significantly from his 14.0 mpg with Chicago last season, validating his gamble.

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Looking Ahead

As Jones prepares to help the Mavericks in their Finals campaign, his focus remains on contributing to the team’s success. His desire to stay with the Mavericks is fueled by the positive experiences and growth he has had in Dallas. Retaining a dedicated and improving player like Jones could be crucial for the Mavericks’ future success.

Jones’ commitment to Dallas highlights his strategic career move and dedication to the team. As the Mavericks face the Celtics in the NBA Finals, Jones’ increased playing time and desire to stay underscore his integral role. Fans and team officials alike will watch closely as the Finals unfold, hopeful that Jones’ long-term plans align with continued success for the Mavericks.

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