CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are bolstering their roster ahead of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
Hours before tonight’s regular-season finale against the Toronto Raptors, the Cavaliers (51-30) announced the signings of shooting guard Dahntay Jones and center Edy Taveres.
Last season, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Jones played in just one regular-season game with the Cavaliers after signing with the Eastern Conference and Central Division champions in the final days before the postseason, but when called upon to deliver in a critical moment in The Finals last summer, the veteran shooter did exactly that.
Jones played sparingly throughout the postseason, and in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, he registered only five minutes. But instead of those minutes coming at the end of the 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors, Jones got into the game midway through the second quarter and scored five quick points, including a three-point play that helped the Cavaliers post a series-tying win.
After blocking a shot with 2:17 to play in the first half of Game 6, Jones took a pass from small forward LeBron James and buried a five-foot jumper while drawing a foul from Warriors small forward Draymond Green. Then, on the Cavaliers’ next possession, Jones again drew a foul from Green and sunk two free throws, which extended the lead to 16 points.
The 7-foot-3, 265-pound Taveres spent much of the 2016-2017 season on the Raptors’ D-League affiliate, for whom he averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and a league-high 2.7 blocks in 23.7 minutes over 48 games.
The D-League All-Star appeared in one game for the Atlanta Hawks earlier this year.