BY MICHAEL WALLACE
The exodus of Heat free agents continued Friday with guard Eddie Jones ending his second stint with the team and agreeing to a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Jones, 35, will earn the Mavericks' $1.83 million biannual veterans exception in the first year of the deal, according to The Dallas Morning News. The 13-year veteran is expected to add depth at shooting guard and small forward.
Jones, a Pompano Beach native who spent six seasons in Miami during two stints, is the second of the Heat's four veteran free agents to leave this summer. Sharp-shooting forward Jason Kapono agreed to a four-year deal with Toronto in July.
Forward James Posey appears a long-shot to return, considering the Heat already has exceeded the $67.9 million luxury-tax threshold and has 15 players under contract.
The Heat signed former Lakers guard Smush Parker this week, which likely ends Gary Payton's two-year tenure.
Re-signing Jones was not an early-summer priority for the Heat, which entered the offseason aiming to address needs at point guard and small forward. Heat president and coach Pat Riley said last month any decision to bring back Jones would be made closer to training camp.
Apparently, Jones was unwilling to wait that long. The three-time All-Star heads to Dallas after turning down the Mavericks in February, when he was bought out of the final year of his contract by Memphis. Jones instead signed with the Heat.
Jones' move to Dallas might have eliminated one of Posey's potential suitors. Posey's agent, Mark Bartelstein, had listed the Mavs, Cavaliers and Wizards among the teams most interested in his client.
Posey met last month with Golden State president Chris Mullin and also had been linked to a potential sign-and-trade deal for restricted free agent Mickael Pietrus.
But because of luxury-tax implications, the Heat is no longer believed to be as willing to push Posey in such deals.
The Heat is interested in Pietrus and is considering trades that involve players under contract.
One deal discussed included the Warriors sending Peitrus and point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius to Miami for point guard Jason Williams.
But it was unclear Friday how willing the Heat is to unload the only experienced point guard in its system, or how much the Warriors are willing to spend $9 million next season on a backup for Baron Davis.
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9 million for a backup PG and a headcase at that! GET STUFFED!
Gary Payton would fit better and come much cheaper!
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