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Jones: "Hopefully, I can retire in the black and red."

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2008/06/james_jones_and_his_portland_f.html

Jones said there are "many factors" involved in his decision, but he did not elaborate on what those factors were. It would seem that Jones is wrestling the prospect of landing a long-term deal against his strong desire to remain in Portland.

At the end of the Blazers' season, Jones said he loved playing in Portland, liked the direction the organization was headed and felt comfortable with his role on the team. On the court, Jones was among the NBA's three-point shooting percentage leaders for most of the season and drew regular praise from coach Nate McMillan because of the experience and "know-how" he brought to the game. Jones averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds and shot 44.4 percent from three-point range last season.....

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"It's about growth," Jones said. "The pieces are there for every player on the team to grow in some aspect of basketball. The mentality in this game, the goal, is to play a long time and be successful. And to do that you have to grow. Portland definitely provides a spot for extreme growth. We'll see. Hopefully, I can retire in the black and red."

Sounds like James Jones wants to be a Blazer, but he isn't sure he'll get the long term contract with us.  Pritchard isn't exactly giving him any hints. 

Jones made $2.9 mil last year and an option on $3.15 mil.  I'm thinking he's looking for something like 4 years $13-14 million.  I would probably do it, he's an excellent shooter, but had a problem with his knee last year.  In the previous three seasons Jones played 75, 75, and 76 games respectively.

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