Jones decides not to exercise contract option, becomes free agent

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.