Drenched in sweat after a workout last month at Kaiser Permanente Arena, Terrence Jones shook his head slightly and wiped his forehead with his white Santa Cruz Warriors practice jersey. “A lot has happened the past few years, some of it in my control and some of it not,” Jones said. “Right now, I’m just happy to be here.” A couple of hours earlier, Jones had made Highway 17’s winding trek across the Santa Cruz Mountains to begin the next phase of his basketball odyssey with Golden State’s G League affiliate. His plan is simple: Post gaudy numbers, earn a Gatorade call-up and resuscitate his NBA career. It is a curious predicament for a player who had been on track for greatness. In the 31 months since he logged meaningful minutes for Houston in the 2015 Western Conference finals against Golden State, Jones has been waived by New Orleans, Milwaukee and a team in the Chinese Basketball Association. Inconsistent play, a lengthy injury history and concerns about his attitude have forced Jones, 25, to return to the minor league he ruled as a rookie a half-decade ago. Unlike his first stint in the NBA’s minor-league system, when he made $1.5 million as an assignment player with the Rockets, Jones is earning a prorated portion of the G League’s $26,000 salary. Because he isn’t under contract with Golden State, he is free to sign with any NBA team.
Terrence Jones trying to resuscitate NBA career with Santa Cruz Warriors
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 2