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Sixers Reportedly Interested in T-Wolves Guard Tyus Jones

Jones is potentially fourth on Minnesota’s point guard depth chart.

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The Sixers, seemingly unable to decide a point guard is good enough for them for the third consecutive year, have reportedly expressed interest in reserve point guard Tyus Jones. From The Vertical and Woj, buried in an article about trade scenarios surrounding the much more interesting Ricky Rubio:

Several teams – including Philadelphia and New Orleans – have shown interest in point guard Tyus Jones, 20, whom the Wolves are more open to moving in the short term, league sources said.

Jones’ MVP performance in the NBA’s summer league did improve his standing with teams that have an interest in him as a backup point guard. Jones was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, an early entry who left Duke after helping to lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship.

Jones and Sixers center Jahlil Okafor were Duke teammates.

Jones is a refined-for-his-age point guard that is destined to be a long-term backup, in the mold of a D.J. Augustin or other short point guard without the offensive dominance to make up for his size or defensive misgivings. He struggled in a very limited role as the third point guard in Minnesota, playing in just 37 games and shooting 35% from the floor but maintaining a 3:1 assist:turnover ratio.

Jones has a guaranteed contract and a team option that needs to exercised before the season begins. A trade for Jones would only further muddy the roster picture. Acquiring Jones would not necessarily lead to a cut of one of the three leading point guards - Sergio Rodriguez, T.J. McConnell, and Jerryd Bayless - as Bayless can easily switch to a wing position, which is arguably the team’s weakest spot at this stage of the season.

A trade would likely be a low-cost gamble for a young player crowded out of a roster spot and wouldn’t cost much in dollars or in return, so it might be well worth pursuing, even with Jones’s seemingly low ceiling.