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Former Pelican Forward Headed To China

As the 2017 NBA Free Agency period begins to whines down former New Orleans Pelican forward Terrence Jones, who couldn’t land a job in the league is headed to China. According international reporter David Pick “Jones inked one of the largest single-season deals in China history with Qingdao.” The terms of the deal aren’t disclosed.

Terrence Jones (25) is a 5 year vet who was drafted 18th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft 1st round by the Houston Rockets out of Kentucky.

NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky
NEW ORLEANS, LA – APRIL 02: Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats holds the trophy after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

After winning the championship in college Jones who is 6-9 255 lbs played 4 seasons with Houston which were mired in injury & inconsistent play.

Charlotte Hornets v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 21: Terrence Jones #6 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a play as Cody Zeller #40 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during their game at Toyota Center on December 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

He was released in 2016 & persuaded to join New Orleans by Pelican Star & former Wildcat teammate Anthony Davis. Jones signed a 1 year deal with The Pelicans & looked good averaging 11.5 ppg 5.9 rpg in 51 games shooting 47% from the field.

Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 8: Terrence Jones #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Utah Jazz on February 8, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Everything changed for Jones once the team traded for former Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins & signed former Rockets forward/center Donatas Motiejunas. Jones requested to be traded & they tried with no takers before agreeing to release him on February 23, 2017.

New Orleans Pelicans Coach Al Gentry made this statement about why Jones was being released: “We released him because, obviously, if you look at the bigs situation we have now and there was not going to be a whole lot of minutes,” said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said at the time. “He wants to play. Obviously, he’s going to be a guy in a contract year and things like that, so we thought it was best to let him go.”

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Terrance Jones for the rest of the 2016-17 season playing in a forgettable 3 games & was released into free agency.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks
MILWAUKEE, WI – MARCH 11: Terrence Jones #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks pose for portraits before the Milwaukee Bucks game on March 11, 2017 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Terrance’s career averages are 10.5 ppg 5.7 rpg & a 50% field goal percentage in 232 contests. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jones (who is only 25 years of age) will find his way back to the NBA at some point in the near future.

 

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