By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cavaliers have re-signed small forward James Jones, who provided leadership and long-range shooting for the Eastern Conference champions last season.
Jones will make the veteran’s minimum next season. He played in 57 games and made two starts in his first season with Cleveland. He also appeared in 20 postseason games, averaging 4.4 points in 15.6 minutes.
A 12-year veteran, James signed with the Cavs last summer after playing with LeBron James in Miami. While he didn’t put up big statistics, Jones was a good influence on Cleveland’s younger players.
Jones has also played for Portland, Phoenix and Indiana.
The Cavs remain interested in re-signing restricted free agent forward Tristan Thompson and guard Matthew Dellavedova as well as unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith.