LeBron James has made a habit of helping Dahntay Jones pay his fines, and the veteran role player might need LeBron’s help again. Jones got a technical foul in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night after an incident during a stoppage in play.
The tech carried a fine, of course, but Jones is in something of a tight spot financially when it comes to his salary during the 2016-17 season. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Saturday that Jones had been fined another $3,000 for the incident on Friday night, which saw him T’d up without ever entering the game.
There’s no word yet if James will pay his fine, but if not for LeBron’s kindness Jones would be down to just $127 of his $9,127 veteran contract he signed shortly before the season ended. Something tells me LeBron will step up again here and help him out. The relationship at this point is clearly symbiotic.
James has made a habit of paying Jones’ fines when he gets into postseason trouble. He did it in 2016 when Jones was suspended for hitting Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The fine fairy came to Jones again earlier this season when he was fined $6,000 after he received a technical foul for taunting the Raptors late in Game 1. Two games later, he was spotted stealing a shirt at Air Canada Centre, though no punishment was handed down for that tomfoolery.