Despite Thursday’s draft disappointment, Kevin Jones may be one step closer to realizing his NBA dream.
Jones’ camp is in discussion with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a three-year, partially guaranteed free-agent deal.
Free agents aren’t allowed to sign until tonight after midnight, but such a deal would grant the Mount Vernon product a spot on the Cavs’ summer league team and an invitation to training camp.
If Jones doesn’t make the roster out of camp, he could play for the Cavs’ D-League affiliate.
“They’re mulling it,” Jones’ agent, Bill Neff, said. “We’re hopeful something will get done.”
The 6-foot-8 forward is scheduled to visit Cleveland this week. Logistical issues prevented him from working out there prior to the draft, but the Cavs showed interest in arranged a workout on two occasions.
Despite expectations that he would be picked, Jones went undrafted Thursday night. Cleveland was among his suitors afterward.
Jones’ camp strongly considered the Charlotte Bobcats as well but has now focused on the Cavs, who have a history of signing non-drafted prospects to similar deals.
Working in Jones’ favor is a West Virginia connection. Former Mountaineers star Mike Gansey is a member of Cleveland’s front office.
“It’s a good, young organization,” Neff said. “I think they do what’s right.”