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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Jones decides not to exercise contract option, becomes free agent

Associated Press

James Jones

Jones

Power Forward
Portland Trail Blazers

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2008 Season Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
58 8.0 2.8 0.6 .437 .878

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Three-point specialist James Jones became a free agent Thursday after deciding not to exercise his contract option with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The option would have made Jones a Trail Blazer through the upcoming season and paid him about $3.1 million.

Jones averaged eight points in 58 games last season. He had 91 3-pointers.

Portland acquired the five-year veteran forward last year on draft day. He can begin negotiating with other teams on Tuesday.