Lakers deal Jones to Bobcats
Jones, who averaged 7.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot .391 from 3-point range last season, will give Charlotte much-needed depth at small forward. Gerald Wallace is the starter and second-year player Bernard Robinson has not challenged him for playing time.
"Jumaine Jones is a versatile player who provides a different dimension to our front-court positions and will help us in many ways on both ends of the floor," coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "He is a proven outside shooter and has shown success rebounding the ball."
Jones ranked 18th in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season, making 102 of 261 attempts. He started 23 games and scored a season-high 25 points against Orlando on Dec. 12.
Jones played college ball at Georgia and was drafted 27th overall by Atlanta in 1999. His rights were traded to Philadelphia, and Jones has played in 377 games with the 76ers, Cleveland, Boston and the Lakers.
"We have a lot of players at that position, and obviously we've got to make cuts soon," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Our desire is to find a place for him, and a good opportunity for him. And Charlotte's a team that really and truly did want him."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press