Jones was originally brought in back in February alongside Chris Chiozza in order to be at the league-minimum of 14 players. With both players’ 10-days up, the Rockets have elected to bring Jones back into the fold, however, it appears that Chiozza won’t be coming back.
The Rockets now have another two weeks to get back up to 14 total players, so they’ll need to sign one more before that time frame is up. It’d be awesome to get Danuel House back into the mix, but that seems to be less and less likely as the days go by. Both sides appear to be playing hardball.
As for Jones, he saw one, lone minute of action on February 27 against the Charlotte Hornets in which he was an impressive-for-its-badness -8 in the box and looked completely out of sorts and even ran into James Harden at one point. It’s difficult to envision him playing any substantial minutes unless the Rockets suffer a major injury bug, but he’s at least familiar with the organization and its philosophies, so I guess there’s that.
And hey, with that 14th roster spot still open and House nowhere closer to a return, the Rockets could always bring back Donatas Motiejunas (wink, nudge). I know we’re all dying to revisit that debate.