The 6-2, 225-pound guard Fred Jones has agreed to terms with the Italian team Biella Angelico. The American has officially agreed to a one-year deal.
In 2004 Jones won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, beating out ex-champion Jason Richardson.
Jones was a member of the Indiana Pacers, the Toronto Raptors, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New York Knicks and last season he played in Los Angeles for the Clippers.
Last season Jones appeared in 52 games for the Clippers and totalled 7.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Another former Clipper may be looking to head overseas as well. Also from SlamOnline.com:
Former Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers guard Alex Acker is looking for a new team in Europe. After an unsuccessful year in NBA, Acker wants to go back to Europe.
According to Greek media, the 6-2, 225-pound point guard is close to reaching an agreement with the Italian club Milano Armani Jeans.
Acker, 26 year-old-guard, averaged 2.9 points per game last season with the Pistons and the Clippers.
Jones was on the outside looking in once Telfair, Smith and Madsen were acquired this summer. Although short on size and skill, Jones brought a high level of energy and athleticism to the table last year for the Clippers. At only 6’2, Jones was often outsized but could never be falted for a lack of effort defensively.
Although Jones was never really in the picture for a roster spot, this move should further solidify that the 14th and final roster spot has come down to a two man battle between Steve Novak and Ramon Sessions. Novak has garnered a small amount of interest from contenders like the Nuggets and Cavaliers, who could both use an outside shooting specialist. Sessions is still being pursued by the Clippers and Knicks as well, but negotiations on all sides of the table appear to remain at a stalemate. With two viable options, Dunleavy and company are content on playing the waiting game to see who will fill the last roster spot.
Best of luck to Fred Jones as he continues his basketball career in Italy.