After the Houston Rockets decided not to use their team option to keep Terrence Jones with the team for another year, Jones jumped on board with the New Orleans Pelicans. He could have made more money elsewhere. Instead, he decided to take the league minimum.
“I wanted an opportunity to play for a team that is young and defining itself, but could still compete right away,” Jones told Basketball Insiders. “I wanted a larger role, where I could really compete and help a team win.”
That might be the initial reasoning, but Anthony Davis has a lot to do with it. The National Championship teammates created a dynamic frontcourt at Kentucky. Davis brought finesse and length to the forward position, while Jones extended the floor and brought strength. Jones is confident that can be replicated in New Orleans.
“When you win a championship with a guy, you create this special bond and you can’t question their drive or willingness to sacrifice,” Jones said, speaking of his relationship with Davis. “We won a lot of games together and I know what he’s capable of. We both work well together and we’ve already got a great chemistry and friendship. When he’s healthy, I think he’s as good as any other big in the league so I am excited to see what we can do this year.”
I believe most of the BBN is excited to see what the two can do together for a team that’s rebuilding, but also has the capability to make a run in the Western Conference.