The Trail Blazers have landed a top-tier athlete that can jump, fly and dunk with the best of them.
And once again, they get better on the defensive end with this mid-level exception deal.
Portland and Derrick Jones Jr. have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Jones went undrafted in 2016, but proved to be a solid role player off the bench for Miami, dazzling fans love his athletic skill set.
And let’s talk more about his leaping ability.
Jones won the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest over Aaron Gordon during NBA All-Star Weekend last February.
In 59 games played with the Heat last season, the 6’6,” 210 pound forward averaged 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
But it’s his defense that should have Trail Blazers fans excited. Between Jones Jr.'s length and effort along with newly acquired forward Robert Covington and his grit and work ethic on that side of the floor -- Portland definitely improved on D.
The second year of Jones Jr.’s deal with the Blazers has a player option, per The Athletic’s David Aldridge.
Jones signed with Phoenix in 2016 for one season before signing a two-way contract with the Heat in 2017.
Last season, the Blazers saw first-hand what Jones is capable of after he played well against them in both regular season contests.
He finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in Miami on Jan. 5thand then recorded 11 points and three rebounds in Portland on Feb. 9.
Jones Jr.'s former teammate and former Trail Blazer Meyers Leonard told NBCSNW to get ready for a high-flyer.
"Get ready for a show," Leonard said when reached by NBCSNW via text message. "He can FLY. Works hard as hell and a great teammate. Young too, with plenty of room to keep improving his game! Very exiting to watch."