James Jones hopped out of the swimming pool after frolicking for a good half-hour Thursday morning, asked for a towel and declared himself set for the day on the cardio-workout front.
Whatever work he does this summer might wind up paying off next winter.
There's one less elite shooter on the Miami Heat roster these days, after the team decided to designate Mike Miller as its amnesty player and freeing itself of what he would have cost the team in terms of salary-cap space (nearly $13 million) and luxury-tax payments (somewhere around $40 million) over the next two seasons.
That means Jones may have a broader role this coming season, and while even he isn't sure what will happen, the veteran guard plans to be ready.
''The only expectation I have is that we'll come into camp motivated, extremely competitive and that whoever plays will have to earn their minutes,'' Jones said at a `Learn to swim' event the Heat hosted for children in downtown Miami. ''I know the Heat will look at ...