Monday, December 6, 2010
More D-League time likely for Dominique Jones
By Jeff Caplan
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks sent first-round draft pick Dominique Jones to their D-League affiliate in Frisco last week to give him some playing time and add some punch to the Texas Legends' home opener.
After three games with the Legends, it appears the 6-5 shooting guard might be staying with coach Nancy Lieberman a little longer. The Mavs begin a season-long, six -game homestand Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors, but Jones remains with the Legends.
The Legends (5-1) next play Saturday and Sunday at Fort Wayne.
"That’s going to be something we evaluate on a day-to-day basis based on our situation," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "For now, he’s not here, he’s down there. It’s an opportunity for him to continue to work, practice this week and then there’s some road games coming up. If something happens and we need him, he’ll be back here."
The Legends are 3-0 with Jones in the starting lineup. He's averaging 18 points on 54.5-percent shooting, 3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Jones wasn't getting much playing time with the big club behind DeShawn Stevenson, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea, who also gets some time at shooting guard. He played just six games in November and never more than eight minutes.