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Derrick Jones Jr. joined the Dallas Mavericks on a veteran minimum contract, but he has exceeded expectations to become a crucial starter for the team in their playoff campaign.

Now, Jones aims to re-sign with the Mavericks as a free agent, though he acknowledges that the team’s financial constraints may limit what they can offer him.

“He loves his teammates, he loves Jason Kidd, he really likes the front office, (Mavericks president) Nico (Harrison) and Matt Riccardi,” Jones agent Aaron Turner said. “He wants to be back.”

Jones started in 66 out of the 76 games he participated in this season. He achieved a career-high average of 8.6 points per game while shooting 48% from the field, which includes a personal best of 34% from beyond the arc.