LAS VEGAS — It’s now on the Timberwolves to decide how much they value their young, talented point guard.
Tyus Jones agreed to a three-year offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies worth $28 million when factoring in “likely incentives,” his agent Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports Management said Sunday night.
Jones’ representation had been negotiating with the Wolves to come to an agreement to keep the Apple Valley native in his home state but, Bradbury said, “The offer wasn’t fair.”
“Tyus is ready to go to a place that values him,” the agent said.
The Wolves have two days to decide whether they will match the offer and keep Jones in Minnesota. Doing so would push Minnesota up tight against the luxury tax, but Jones is one of the best free agents remaining on the market, and Minnesota has a need at point guard.
In his fourth NBA season, Jones set an NBA record with his 6.9-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 assists in 23 minutes a game last season.
In April, new Wolves’ president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas called Jones “a great representative of the Twin Cities, but also a very good player.”
“I think he’s had a very effective career, and I’m excited to (see) how the style of play is going to change and how that fits him,” Rosas said. “I think we’re in a very interesting time, and the league changes and shifts with cycles. Right now, we’re in an offensive era, and a lot of the things that he does in terms of playmaking, and his ability to create pace are things that are valuable.
“I’m excited about him not only as a basketball player but as an individual and what he means to this community.”