Nuggets' Jones joins Pacers

Updated: July 9, 2009, 8:27 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to a four-year, $11 million deal with Denver Nuggets free agent Dahntay Jones.

Jones is known around the league as a defensive stopper and will give depth to the Pacers' backcourt. Jones averaged 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Nuggets last season.

"[Pacers president] Larry Bird and [general manager] David Morway contacted me the first night of free agency and expressed a lot of interest in Dahntay," Jones' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said, according to The Indianapolis Star. "The Pacers are getting somebody that competes with an edge and is a lockdown defender. He's going to bring a defensive mind-set to the team."

Starting 2-guard Mike Dunleavy underwent surgery this summer and his return date is uncertain.

Chad Ford covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider