Timberwolves don't match Grizzlies' offer sheet to Jones

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 9: Tyus Jones #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during the game against the Toronto Raptors on April 9, 2019 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

Timberwolves don't match Grizzlies' offer sheet to Jones

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 9: Tyus Jones #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during the game against the Toronto Raptors on April 9, 2019 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match an offer sheet to guard Tyus Jones, clearing the way for him to join the Memphis Grizzlies.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas issued a statement late Tuesday saying, ''We sincerely thank Tyus for his contributions on the court and Tyus and the entire Jones family for their genuine impact on the Twin Cities community.'' Rosas adds, ''We wish them nothing but the best in Memphis.''

ESPN had reported that Jones and the Grizzlies had agreed to a three-year offer sheet worth $28 million.

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The 23-year-old Jones averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists and 22.9 minutes for the Timberwolves this past season.

The 6-foot-2 Jones had spent his entire four-year NBA career with the Timberwolves. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him out of Duke with the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft but immediately traded him to Minnesota.

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