Credit: ZUMAPRESS.com - Scanpix
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One of the most improved EuroLeague players Chris Jones is joining Valencia Basket, sources told BasketNews.

Free throws this season

74%
10,2
Points made: 10,2
Accuracy: 73,8%
Place in standings: 17
Record max: 18
Record min: 3
Most made FTs: Elie Okobo

According to sources, both sides reached an agreement for a one-year contract and the official announcement is expected soon.

Jones signed a deal with Valencia after an impressive French League final series, where ASVEL took AS Monaco down in the best-of-five series 3-2.

A 29-year-old point guard was persuaded by several EuroLeague teams, including Zalgiris Kaunas and Monaco.

Jones' option to Valencia was even more appealing due to his status change. The American guard obtained an Armenian passport, so he will not be considered an American player. Each Liga Endesa team is allowed a maximum of two non-Europe or non-Cotonou passport players.

After finishing the French League finals, Jones will join the Armenian national team for the upcoming 2022 FIBA Basketball European Championship for Small Countries.

He averaged 13.1 points (2FG: 53.7%; 3FG: 39%), 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 14.7 PIR in EuroLeague this season.

A 1.88 m guard played his highest-scoring game in a win against Fenerbahce Istanbul (27 PTS, 30 PIR).

In the first part of the season, Jones' versatility next to Elie Okobo boosted ASVEL among the Top 8 EuroLeague teams.

American stayed consistent in the domestic league, where he averaged 14 points (2FG: 60.3%; 3FG: 39.8%), 2.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals.

He started his pro career in Mongolia (2015-16) before heading to Switzerland and Belgium.

Jones jumped to the EuroLeague after the season in Bursaspor, where he posted 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.9 steals in the Turkish league (2019-20).

In his rookie EuroLeague campaign with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2020-21, Jones scored 7 points and dished 2.8 assists on average.

"Encestando" first reported about Valencia signing Chris Jones.

Valencia Basket

Position Player Status
PG Martin Hermansson Signed until 2022 +1
PG Nenad Dimitrijevic Signed until 2025
SG Klemen Prepelic (story) Signed until 2023
SG Josep Puerto Signed until 2025
SF Victor Claver Signed until 2024
SF Xabi Lopez-Arostegui Signed until 2025
SF/PF Jaime Pradilla Signed until 2024
PF/C Jasiel Rivero Signed until 2023
C Bojan Dubljevic Signed until 2023+1
Coach Alex Mumbru (story)
Expired contract Mike Tobey (won't comeback), Sam Van Rossom, Louis Labeyrie (won't comeback), Olivier Hanlan (won't comeback)
Rumored to leave  
Interested Luigi Datome, Chris Jones, Rolands Smits, Khalifa Diop (story), Marius Grigonis
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Chris Jones

Chris  Jones
Chris  Jones
MIN: 27.53
PTS: 13.1 (56.3%)
REB: 3.16
As: 3.61
ST: 1.45
BL: 0.1
TO: 1.94
GM: 31