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Thursday, 16 October 2008

Eddie Jones : bought out by Pacers

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Eddie Jones will likely call it a day on what has been a fine career, after not reporting to the Indiana Pacers and reaching a buyout on his contract. Jones has made it clear that he did not want to be dealt to any team that was not a contender and the Pacers clearly do not fall into the "Championship threat" category.

The Press Release delivered via the Pacers' website acknowledges the joint agreement that was made and likely was expected by the team when they dealt for the veteran swingman.

"Eddie has had a terrific career and has been a great professional and we appreciate him working with us on this agreement," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "This will allow us to go out and sign another player if we want to."

After a solid career at Temple University along side Aaron McKie, Jones was the 10th pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, joining the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie on a Cedric Ceballos-Nick Van Exel-Vlade Divac led team, Jones ranked first in the NBA in steal/turnover ratio and unsurprisingly made the All-Rookie 1st Team. He spent four and half seasons with the Lakers before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets in part of a 1999 for Glen Rice.

1999-2000 saw arguably Eddie's finest statistical season, as he averaged 20.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.2apg and led the NBA with 2.7spg. This performance earned him an all-star berth, his third such honour after 1997 and 1998. He found himself on a team which fades from memory in the Hornets colours, including Derrick Coleman, Baron Davis, Brad Miller, David Wesley, Anthony Mason, Ricky Davis, Elden Campbell and veterans Dale Ellis and Hersey Hawkins.

In the off-season of 2000, Jones made a homecoming to Miami, joining Mason, Ellis and Davis in a deal that sent PJ Brown, Jamal Mashburn, Otis Thorpe and change to Charlotte. Jones spent five and half productive seasons in Miami (with a season and a half in Memphis in between) however a title continued to allude him.

He made a last dash at a title by joining the Dallas Mavericks for 2007-08 and we all know how that panned out. He will be remembered as a spectacular dunker, three point marksmen, athletic defender and a great team-oriented player.

Here is a chronological look at the highlights of Jones' solid career, from his Temple days, up until his time in Miami (2006):

Eddie also appeared in this great Taco Bell "neck syndrome" commercial with Shaq in his Laker days:

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