Josh Robbins | Orlando Magic BasketBlog
6:11 PM EDT, July 12, 2013
Unrestricted free agent swingman DeQuan Jones won't return to the Orlando Magic for the 2013-14 season.
The Magic told him after their final summer league game this afternoon that they don't intend to re-sign him. Team officials parted ways with Jones on good terms, and the team will consider other ways to use his roster spot.
Jones, who spent last season with the team and the last week playing for the team in the Orlando Pro Summer League, told the Orlando Sentinel via text message that he isn't coming back.
Jones made his statement to the Sentinel after he sent several tweets thanking Magic officials and Magic fans for their support over the last year.
Here's what Jones wrote:
¿¿¿¿— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) July 12, 2013
Thanks Mr. Hennigan, Coach Vaughn & the entire coaching staff for bringing me to ORL. It has been a great experience with the organization.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) July 12, 2013
Wishing all of my teammates and coaches the best of luck and thank them for an incredible season.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) July 12, 2013
Again, thank you to all my fans for embracing me. Looking fwd to seeing you all down the road.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) July 12, 2013
Last year, Jones went undrafted out of the University of Miami, but he played well for the Magic's summer league team and earned an invitation to training camp.
He impressed Magic officials with his hard work and athletic ability, and he wound up making the regular-season roster.
He appeared in 63 games, starting 17 of them. Averaging 12.7 minutes per game, he averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
On Friday, Jones played as the Magic fell in the Orlando Pro Summer League's seventh-place game to the Boston Celtics 102-83.
In almost 18 minutes, he scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and had one rebound and one turnover.
After news broke that Jones won't be brought back, Magic forward Tobias Harris wished Jones luck in the following tweet:
Know my bro @Dequan20Jones is gonna be fine! First class guy, wish him nothing but the best where ever God may lead him.— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) July 12, 2013
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