Tyus Jones may only be 23 years old, but he is already embracing a veteran role with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jones, who signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Grizzlies this offseason, joined a relatively young Memphis team that is on a rebuild after trading the last piece of its Grit and Grind era in Mike Conley. The Griz will now look to develop their young core headlined by Jaren Jackson Jr. and 2019 second overall pick Ja Morant.
Tyus figures to be an important part of the team’s development, and he acknowledged the fact that he’ll play a role in guiding the younger guys on the team — particularly Morant.
“Part of my job is to help him [Ja Morant] with the transition to the NBA, just like I had guys who helped me out and helped with that learning curve,” Jones told David Cobb of Memphis Commercial Appeal.
For what it’s worth, Jones is already a four-year NBA vet and has learned from the likes of Kevin Garnett, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler during his four-year stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Morant is facing a lot of pressure as a top-2 pick heading into his rookie year, so he’ll definitely need someone to help and guide him as he transitions to the NBA. Jones might just be the perfect player for that role.