Miami Heat Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis update: James Jones not retiring, embraces Allen, Lewis

Jones on Thursday told the Sun Sentinel he is not considering retiring and instead embraces the Heat's decision to stockpile additional 3-point threats.

Jones said the confusion over a potential retirement came as he stressed that he planned to end his career with the Heat, preferably as an NBA champion. He said that statement was misconstrued as leaning toward retirement in wake of the Heat's 2012 title.

  Instead, he said he plans to play out the final two seasons on his Heat contract, which includes a 2013-14 player option. He said he only would reassess those plans if the Heat were to attempt to trade him.

"I guess, more than anything, I was just stating my desire to stay here in Miami," he said of the retirement reports. "If there is a trade or anything like that, we'll cross that bridge if we get there. But, like I said, I have no desire to be anywhere else but by Miami."

A graduate of the University of Miami, the Southwest Ranches neighbor of Heat power forward Udonis Haslem said he appreciated Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra jumping at the opportunity to add Allen and Lewis.

"For me, they're two quality guys," said Jones, who turns 32 on Oct. 4. "I'll still be there to compete. I'm going to compete and I'm going to do what I do, and put pressure on Coach to play me."

Jones said it is not as if he has significant minutes to lose, scarcely utilized during both the regular season and playoffs. But he did have his moments in the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, including six points in the Heat's Game 3 victory, when he converted a 3-point attempt and then three free throws when fouled on another 3-point attempt.

"I don't expect anything," he said.  "I don't have any expectation of playing or guaranteed minutes, so to me it's about staying ready and when my chance comes, make an impact."

With Jones back, it would leave the Heat with five wing players known primarily for their 3-point shooting, each otherwise limited with their off-the-dribble offense: Jones, Allen, Lewis, Shane Battier and Mike Miller.

Jones said Allen and Lewis only make the Heat better.

"It's a crowded locker room as far as shooters, but it's all about winning," he said. "The more the merrier and the better. The better we are as a team, the better our chances of competing."

And he plans to be on board for that quest for a repeat title.

"I'm pretty much like if I'm dealt, then that's probably it for me, because I've sacrificed money, time, energy to be a part of this to win," he said. "I sacrificed to be in Miami and this is where I'll be."


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