Lakers Sign Mason Jones To Two-Way Contract, Jemerrio Jones To 10-Day Deal

The Los Angeles Lakers are keeping up with the Joneses.

Announced Monday, via The Athletic / Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Lakers are signing Jemerrio Jones and Mason Jones to their roster in the wake of continual COVID cases sidelining players for the Purple and Gold. 

Most surprising in the two signings is the two-way deal given to Mason Jones, replacing one of their original two-way contracts with Chaundee Brown or Jay Huff. The move off one of these players has yet to be announced, but chances are Brown gets to stay over Huff since the former was activated for the Lakers’ previous two games — according to Jacob Rude of SB Nation.

Jemerrio Jones signed a 10-day hardship exemption deal. He played for the Lakers back in 2018-19, as noted in Shams’ tweet, and returns to the roster at a time when the team needs his strong attribute: rebounding. Despite functioning as a small forward / guard, the 6-foot-5 Jones has built his appeal off a knack for rebounding. As part of the Wisconsin Herd, Milwaukee’s G-League affiliate team, Jones averaged 10.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals a game.

Based on the Lakers’ latest weaknesses with securing rebounds, and in the absence of center Dwight Howard, Jemerrio Jones will surely be able to secure a position in Frank Vogel / David Fizdale’s rotations by crashing the boards. In Jones’ first career start with the Lakers in 2019, he nabbed 16 rebounds to complete a win over the Utah Jazz.

Mason Jones (6-foot-4, 200 lbs) played 32 combined games between the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers last season. In his 26 games with the Rockets, Jones averaged 5.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Mason signed with the South Bay Lakers on Nov. 6.

The Lakers (16-15) welcome the Western Conference’s top seed in the Phoenix Suns (24-5) on Tuesday.

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