Julius Jones death row sentence commuted, changed to life without parole
Jones was scheduled to be executed on Thursday. "After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones' sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole," Stitt said in a statement released Thursday.
Derrick Jones Jr. is going to spend next season in Portland.
The defense-first wing had to make a call on his $9.7 million player option this week, and he chose to pick it up and stay with the Trail Blazers for a second season, reports Shams Charania of The Atheltic.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. will pick up his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, sources tell @TheAthletic@Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2021
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This is not a surprise, just like Norman Powellturning down his $11.6 million player option was expected. Portland has made a priority of re-signing Powell. Jones chose to stay with them.
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SportsLine's computer model just revealed its NBA picks for Portland Blazers vs. Denver NuggetsTipoff is at 10 p.m. ET in Portland. Caesars Sportsbook lists Portland as a 5.5-point favorite at home, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 212.5 in the latest Nuggets vs. Blazers odds. Before locking in any Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
Jones averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game last season, although most of his impact and value are on the defensive end of the court.
The Trail Blazers head into Thursday’s NBA Draft, and free agency right after, looking to make a bold move to keep a waryDamian Lillard happy and wanting to stay in Portland, too.
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