Sun re-sign Jones to a four-year deal, the team’s first free agency signing
The Connecticut Sun announced mid-morning on Monday that Jonquel Jones would be returning to the team.
Jones signed a two-year deal that included a guaranteed the maximum $185,000 for the 2020 season. The deal raises Connecticut’s 2020 cap number to $593,500 to five players, including four with full protection. Courtney Williams and Shekinna Stricklen, among others, remain unsigned.
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This should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the team play. Jones led the team in points, rebounds and blocks last season. However, the stat sheet doesn’t do her game justice.
Her shot is smooth and she established herself as a three-point threat this season. There is nothing that Jones can’t do on the court, making her an irreplaceable component of the team’s plans moving forward.
Over the past three seasons, Jones is fourth in the WNBA in win shares.
According to the team released press release head coach and general manager said, “We are pumped to have JJ sign a multi-year contract to stay in Connecticut. She has proven to be one of the most dominant and versatile players in the world. She continues to be one of the elite rebounders in the game and took a huge step on the defensive side of the ball in 2019. She is just scratching the surface and we look forward to her continued growth and leadership in 2020.”
Jones scored in single digits just seven times last season and always said she had to do better after games where she did not play well, even if the team won. However, no one was in a better mood after a win than Jones.
She spoke freely of her successes after Game 2 of the WNBA Finals, taking time to talk to High Post Hoops after the press conference about what led to her success.
Her return means more than just an on-court presence, but also a quality member of the locker room. Miller has often stressed the importance of a good locker room and Jones will certainly add to that.
A previous version of this story said that Jones had signed a four-year deal. High Post Hoops regrets the error.
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