It’s official: Tyus Jones is moving on.
The former Apple Valley High School and Duke University player and four-year NBA veteran will join the Memphis Grizzlies after the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday declined to match Memphis’ offer sheet for the restricted free agent.
The new deal reportedly could earn Jones as much as $28 million, including incentives, over three years. He will make more in his first season under the new contract than he did in all four of his seasons with the Timberwolves. He was paid nearly $2.5 million by the Timberwolves in the 2018-19 season.
“We sincerely thank Tyus for his contributions on the court and Tyus and the entire Jones family for their genuine impact on the Twin Cities community. We wish them nothing but the best in Memphis,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said in a statement.
Because Jones was a restricted free agent, the Wolves had the right to match any offer he received. They had until 11 p.m. Tuesday to decide. They had been negotiating with Jones prior to his signing the offer sheet with Memphis.
Matching the offer sheet to Jones would have put the Wolves close to the luxury tax threshold, and some who follow the league have speculated that the team is trying to clear salary cap space in advance of the 2020 free agency season.
In Memphis, Jones not only will earn more but also could have a chance at an expanded role. The Grizzlies are rebuilding after a 33-49 season, and all three point guards that were on their roster last season are going to other teams. Memphis drafted point guard Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick last month, but Jones potentially could wind up in the starting backcourt with Morant.
The current Grizzlies roster has two other former Duke players, Grayson Allen and Mason Plumlee, as well as Andre Iguodala, a member of three NBA championship teams with Golden State.
Last season Jones averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 assists in 22.9 minutes, all career highs. His 6.9 assist-to-turnover ratio was a single-season NBA record for players with at least 200 assists.
Da Beauty League
Da Beauty League, the summer hockey league for NHL, minor league and college players that operates at Braemar Arena in Edina, opened its 2019 season Wednesday.
The league has loaded one of its teams with players who have connections to Dakota County. Former Burnsville High School player and current Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser will play for Team Bic. Boeser, 22, has 59 goals in 140 games with Vancouver and was runner up for the Calder Trophy (NHL’s best first-year player) in 2017-18.
Boeser will be joined on Team Bic by all three Poehling brothers – Ryan, who scored a hat trick in his NHL debut with Montreal in April; and Jack and Nick, who will rejoin the St. Cloud State University team in the fall. The Poehlings were the top line for Lakeville North High School’s undefeated state championship team in 2014-15 and helped St. Cloud State to the top spot in the NCAA Division I rankings last season. Boeser’s father Duke is one of the Team Bic coaches.
Former University of Minnesota defenseman Ryan Lindgren, now skating for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League, also will play for Team Bic. Lindgren’s brother Charlie played for Lakeville North and is now in the Montreal system. Also on Team Bic are Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt and Arizona Coyotes forward Derek Stepan, who’s father Brad is a former Rosemount High School varsity hockey coach.
Former Lakeville South and University of Minnesota forward Justin Kloos will be on Team TRIA. New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei, who played for Lakeville North and the U of M, is on Team Tradition along with Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker.
The six-team league plays on Wednesdays in July, then Mondays and Wednesdays in August through the playoffs that end Aug. 21. More information about the league is available at www.dabeautyleague.com.