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Heat Sign Derrick Jones To Two-Way Deal, Release Matt Williams

The Miami Heat announced Sunday that they waived Matt Williams Jr. and signed former Phoenix Suns guard/forward Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-way contract.

Per Heat policy, terms of Jones’ deal were not disclosed.

Jones spent much of the 2017-18 season with Phoenix’s G League Affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns – averaging 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.88 blocks, and 1.8 assists in 29 minutes of action per night.

Also, Jones saw action in six NBA games with Phoenix this season; totaling nine points, four rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 33 total minutes.

Heat fans will remember the 6-foot-7 swingman from his performance in last season’s slam dunk contest, where he finished as runner-up to Glenn Robinson III.

Williams Jr. appeared in 16 games (all starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and averaged 9.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 30.3 minutes while shooting 33.5 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the foul line. Additionally, he appeared in three games with the HEAT this season totaling five points and one rebound in 11 minutes of action.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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