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Report: Suns waiving Derrick Jones Jr. to make room for Mike James

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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Derrick Jones Jr. #10 of the Phoenix Suns reacts as he walks down court during the second half of the NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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To give two-way extraordinaire Mike James a standard contract today, the Suns have to drop someone.

It’ll be Derrick Jones Jr.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Right now, Jones is a borderline NBA player who has played more for Phoenix’s minor-league affiliate than the parent club. But he’s just 20 and possesses jump-out-of-the-gym athleticism. Remember him in the dunk contest?

Though he’s earning a minimum salary, a team can’t claim Jones off waivers with the minimum-salary exception, because his contract is longer than two years. Still, the two additional years left on his deal – unguaranteed, as is this season – should make him only more appealing to teams with room or another exception.

The Suns surely tried to trade him before reaching this decision, but obviously found no takers. But I wouldn’t rule out a team claiming him now that it no longer must surrender an asset to Phoenix.